Charleston SC Beachfront-Oceanfront Communities: Wild Dunes

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:  Wild Dunes


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. 

Wild Dunes

Wild Dunes is a 1,600 acre gated beachfront /oceanfront resort community on the northern end of the Isle of Palms Island.  Wild Dunes was Charleston’s first resort community and is situated about 25 minutes from downtown Charleston.  The area occupied by Wild Dunes Resort was originally the home of the Seewee Indians.  Once the European settlers drove the Seewee Indians away the area was largely uninhabited until the 19th century except for some Revolutionary War and Civil War skirmishes.  It was during the 19th century that this area became a summer haven for downtown Charleston residents trying to escape the heat.  Since that time the Isle of Palms and later Wild Dunes Resort has been desired vacation spot. 

Wild Dunes Resort’s development began in 1972 when Finch Properties purchased 1,600 acres on the north end of Isle of Palms and later that year sold it to the Sea Pines Company, which had designed and developed Hilton Head Island.  The initial phase focused on constructing a world class tennis facility and was initially named the Isle of Palms Beach and Racquet Club.  Soon after that Wild dunes constructed two world class golf courses.  The harbor Course, and the Wild Dunes Links Course are designed by Tom Fazio.  Shortly thereafter the name was changed to Wild Dunes Resort.   To this day Wild Dunes Resort has held world acclaim for both golf and tennis.  Wild Dunes Resort has been chosen as one of the top 500 hotels in the world by Travel and Leisure Magazine. 

During the past six months Wild Dunes has had 40 homes in MLS sold at an average price of $777,428.  See Charleston SC Real Estate for properties currently on the market in Wild Dunes.

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