Island Living in Charleston, SC

Charleston Island Homes Aerial View with Ocean Surrounding Island

When people think of island life, they think of relaxation, sunshine, surf, and fantastic food. Island living in Charleston features all those attributes and throws in a side of Southern hospitality as well. Therefore, if you want to bask in all the benefits of the Lowcountry lifestyle, living on one of Charleston's islands is likely right for you!

Charleston has a few islands to choose from, including James Island, Folly Island, Kiawah Island, Johns Island, Sullivan's Island, Seabrook Island, Isle of Palms, and Daniel Island. Each of these areas has its unique charm and feel to it.

James Island is your best bet if you want to be closest to downtown Charleston while still enjoying the benefits of island life. With excellent southern cuisine, top-rated schools, and a safe community, James Island is perfect for people looking to remain close to downtown Charleston while having a high quality of life.

Folly Island (home to Folly Beach) is the perfect place for those looking for a laid-back beach life in Charleston to be more off the beaten path. Great restaurants and gorgeous waterfront housing (all homes are so close to the ocean!) are hallmarks of this area. 

Kiawah Island is home to gorgeous beauty, luxurious charm, and some of Charleston's best golfing. Because of its privacy, many of the globe's biggest stars own vacation homes here and with everything this impeccable island has to offer, there is no question as to why. Those looking for luxury, relaxation, and seclusion will love Kiawah Island.

Relaxation is also central to Johns Island, where you can find gorgeous scenery, including a 2,000-year-old Oaktree, a major local attraction. Johns Island is also home to excellent schools, low crime rates, and a more family-oriented laid-back lifestyle.

Sullivan's Island is a perfect mix of Charleston luxury and island living. Some of the best beaches Charleston offers are on Sullivan's Island, and this area has minimal crime, excellent food, and some a great mix of historic and modern homes. If you are on Sullivan's Island, check out historic Fort Sumter, a historic military site operational from 1776 until 1960.

Seabrook Island only has a population of ~1700 residents, so if a more secluded laid-back lifestyle is what you are looking for, then Seabrook is certainly somewhere you want to check out. Seabrook Island hosts a wealth of amenities which include two championship golf courses, a nationally recognized racquet club with 15 Har Tru tennis courts and two pickleball courts, an equestrian center offering trail and beach rides, ocean-front dining venues, swimming pools, fitness center, and expansive banquet/private dining venues.

Isle of Palms features some of the most luxurious homes in the area. With large plots, breathtaking ocean views, palatial homes, world-class beaches, and amazing restaurants, there isn't much not to like about this little island. The population is low, and many international buyers and vacationers escaping the cold own second homes here. 

Lastly, Daniel Island, situated between the Wando River and the Copper River, is another popular choice for prospective Charlestonians. Epitomizing island living in Charleston, Daniel Island is a more insulated community that features excellent schools (Daniel Island School receives a 9/10 rating), shopping, dining, and Credit One Stadium - the perfect venue for live music and sports!

No matter which of the islands you choose, you'll experience the best Charleston (and Lowcountry living) has to offer! To learn more about the homes available and what each of these islands has to offer, contact our dedicated team of realtors today!

Island Living November 27, 2022
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$667.88
Avg. $ / Sq.Ft.
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$2,150,000
Neighborhood: Wild Dunes
6
Beds
6
Baths
2,870
Sq.Ft.
2001
Year Built
1
Day on Site
22029535
MLS
Ocean views in Wild Dunes with great rental history!!! This two story elevated construction home is situated on a quiet cul de sac just steps away from beach access and miles of pristine beach. The...
Open 11/27
68 W 9th St Folly Beach, SC 29439
$1,995,000
Neighborhood: Folly Beach
3
Beds
3F11/2
Baths
2,309
Sq.Ft.
2005
Year Built
2
Days on Site
22029519
MLS
Don't miss this beautiful, elevated home on the FOLLY RIVER with a 20'x40' BOAT SLIP! Walk out your backdoor and hop into your boat! And the views from this home are amazing! From Kiawah to Mt...
$1,823,325
Neighborhood: Seabrook Island
5
Beds
4F11/2
Baths
3,100
Sq.Ft.
2023
Year Built
2
Days on Site
22019505
MLS
PROPOSED CONSTRUCTION. Select from 1 of 5 New Home Collection Plans. The LP reflects the East Bay House plan, contact list agent for details on all available plans & pricing for this lot. List price...
Open 11/27
14 25th Ave Isle Of Palms, SC 29451
3
Beds
2
Baths
1,410
Sq.Ft.
1962
Year Built
2
Days on Site
22029533
MLS
On The Corner of 25TH and Hartnett Blvd, this house is 2 Blocks from The Beach and a Straight Shot Down25th Beach Access.The House was Raised in 1991 and the Sunroom and the 2nd Bath was Added. This...
$1,150,000
Neighborhood: Seabrook Island
3
Beds
3F11/2
Baths
2,204
Sq.Ft.
2002
Year Built
3
Days on Site
22029304
MLS
Welcome home to the beautiful community of Seabrook Island! Nestled in a prime location, you'll love everything this luxury townhome has to offer. Located directly off the Ocean Winds Golf Course on...
$1,599,000
Neighborhood: Kiawah Island
3
Beds
3
Baths
1,873
Sq.Ft.
1980
Year Built
3
Days on Site
22029489
MLS
Charming and unique Kiawah Island home boasting tranquil views of Cougar Point Golf Course - welcome to 156 Sea Marsh Drive. Nestled under a beautiful live oak canopy, this 3 bedroom/3 bathroom...
$750,000
Neighborhood: Pelican Watch Villa
1
Beds
2
Baths
928
Sq.Ft.
1982
Year Built
3
Days on Site
22029494
MLS
This beautiful oceanfront villa offers some of the best views on Seabrook! From the moment you walk through the door, you will be drawn to the beautiful, unobstructed views of the ocean and North...
$525,000
Neighborhood: Riverview Farms
3
Beds
2
Baths
2,011
Sq.Ft.
2018
Year Built
3
Days on Site
22029508
MLS
Gorgeous one story home located on River Road, this neighborhood has 2 beautiful ponds, community gardens, playground and wonderful walking trails. This 3 bedroom and 2 bath home has plenty of room...
Open 11/27
1602 Fishbone Drive Dr Johns Island, SC 29455
$495,000
Neighborhood: Fenwick Woods
4
Beds
2F11/2
Baths
2,199
Sq.Ft.
2018
Year Built
4
Days on Site
22029474
MLS
Beautiful three-story craftsman home nestled in the heart of Johns Island. This home features an open floor plan, covered entry, 3 bedrooms and 2.5 baths, a bonus room that could be used as a 4th...
$1,525,000
Neighborhood: Betsy Field
3
Beds
2F11/2
Baths
2,135
Sq.Ft.
2004
Year Built
4
Days on Site
22029482
MLS
This beautiful home is placed on more than 1.5 picturesque acres, providing the ultimate in privacy. Includes true deep water, covered dock and floater in place. Recently added sunroom overlooks...
$1,895,000
Neighborhood: Riverview
3
Beds
3F11/2
Baths
2,303
Sq.Ft.
2019
Year Built
6
Days on Site
22029347
MLS
A Kiawah Island Club Sports membership opportunity accompanies this true Lowcountry retreat which enjoys the privacy, security, and amenities of the gated River View enclave as well as quick access...
$3,195,000
Neighborhood: Kiawah Island
4
Beds
4F21/2
Baths
3,606
Sq.Ft.
2017
Year Built
6
Days on Site
22029353
MLS
Meticulously designed and constructed by Dolphin Architects and Builders, 755 Glossy Ibis Lane boasts stunning vistas of the spectacular Osprey Point Golf Course and Egret Pond. Privately situated...