Charleston SC Beachfront-Oceanfront Communities: Sullivan’s Island

The Charleston, South Carolina area is a great place to live or have a vacation home.  The weather is great, the beaches are fantastic, golf courses are abundant, there are many historical sites, the architecture is unbelievable, the dining is unbeatable, and the people are the friendliest in the country.  It is because of these reasons that I believe Charleston SC Real Estate is truly unique.  I look forward to helping you with any of your Charleston SC Real Estate needs in Charleston, Berkeley, or Dorchester counties. Today’s article is titled:

Charleston SC Beachfront-Oceanfront Communities:  Sullivan’s Island

Charleston beachfront-oceanfront communities are a great place to visit on vacation or to make your permanent home.  I know, live on one.

Let’s begin by defining a Charleston SC beachfront-oceanfront community.  Charleston beachfront-oceanfront communities are both a home to Lowcountry residents and vacationing tourists.  Charleston SC beachfront-oceanfront communities have tourism or vacationing as a primary component of the local culture and economy.   Typically, the economy of a Charleston SC beachfront-oceanfront community is geared almost entirely towards catering to tourists.  The typical Charleston SC beachfront-oceanfront community has a combination of these feature; nice beaches, oceanfront luxury homes shops, luxury boutiques selling locally-themed souvenirs, motels, golf courses, tennis courts, and unique restaurants within their boundaries.   The Charleston SC beachfront-oceanfront series will include seven communities in the greater Charleston SC Real Estate area.  They are Edisto Beach, Kiawah Island, Seabrook Island, Folly Beach, Sullivan’s Island, Isle of Palms, and Wild Dunes.  We will look at the location relative to downtown Charleston, a brief history, and a current, but brief market analysis for each Charleston beachfront-oceanfront community. 

Sullivan’s Island

The island was first known as O'Sullivan's Island because of Captain Florence O'Sullivan, who was stationed here as a lighthouse keeper in the late seventeenth century. Sullivan's Island was the disembarkation port for over 40% of the slaves traded in the American Colonies, making it the largest slave port in North America. It is estimated that nearly half of all African Americans had ancestors that passed through Sullivan's Island.

On 28 June 1776, a makeshift log fort was held by colonial forces against an onslaught by the British under Cornwallis who attempted to enter Charleston harbor. The palmetto logs used in the construction of the fort proved to be remarkably spongy and deflected the cannon balls. The Battle of Fort Moultrie was commemorated by the addition of a white palmetto tree to the flag of South Carolina. The victory is celebrated and June 28 is known as Carolina Day.

The history of Sullivan’s Island has been dominated by Fort Moultrie, which, until its closure in the late 1940s, served as the base of command for the defense of the City of Charleston.

Today Sullivan’s Island is a thriving upscale casual beachfront community which prides itself in its laid-back style of living.  The beaches are wide and flat.  Surfing and wind-sailing are common on the island.  Sullivan’s Island is only a few minutes from Mount Pleasant and about 20 minutes from downtown Charleston making it easy to partake in all of the amenities and activities in the greater Charleston area. 

During the past six months Sullivan’s Island has had 8 homes in MLS sold at an average price of $1,424,561.  See Charleston SC Real Estate for properties currently on the market in Sullivan’s Island.

View sullivan's Island homes currently on the market here.

As always, your thoughts, questions, or comments are greatly appreciated.

Let me know if I can help with any of your Charleston SC Real Estate needs or questions.

See Charleston SC Real Estate Blog for local attractions and current Charleston events.

Look at Charleston SC Real Estate homes anywhere in the tri-county area.

View my entire inventory of VisualTours of Charleston SC Real Estate homes at 


"Carolina Joe" Idleman

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *