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 December 1, 2022
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$675.49
Avg. $ / Sq.Ft.
$1,192,765
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329 Properties
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$1,495,000
Neighborhood: Kiawah River Estates
4
Beds
4
Baths
3,260
Sq.Ft.
2023
Year Built
1
Day on Site
22029594
MLS
Unique opportunity to purchase a new custom home by an esteemed, reputable builder. This home, with breath-taking panoramic views of a Kiawah Resort golf course and lagoon, is under-construction...
$5,000,000
Neighborhood: Martins Point
5
Beds
5F11/2
Baths
5,500
Sq.Ft.
2023
Year Built
2
Days on Site
22029744
MLS
Gorgeous custom built home on 5.15 acres overlooking the Wadmalaw River. House to be completed in January 2023! This build is the true definition of craftsmanship, with absolutely no corners cut or...
$4,995,000
Neighborhood: Wild Dunes
7
Beds
6F11/2
Baths
4,555
Sq.Ft.
1986
Year Built
2
Days on Site
22029752
MLS
Incredible renovation of a deep water home on exclusive Waterway Island in Wild Dunes! Kitchen and all baths were completely redone, and the finishes will blow you away! The outdoor living space is...
$734,320
Neighborhood: Laurel Oak
4
Beds
3
Baths
2,785
Sq.Ft.
2023
Year Built
3
Days on Site
22029617
MLS
The Isaac plan is truly versatile, featuring an amazing open layout perfect for both family time and entertaining, and a high-end gourmet kitchen with gas cooktop and separate wall ovens. The...
Open 12/3
1214 Segar St Johns Island, SC 29455
$550,000
Neighborhood: Swygerts Landing
3
Beds
2F11/2
Baths
2,158
Sq.Ft.
2012
Year Built
3
Days on Site
22029625
MLS
Welcome to 1214 Segar Street! Located in the highly sought after Swygert's Landing neighborhood, this 2158 sq. ft., 3 bedroom 2.5 bath home offers a spacious open floorplan featuring beautiful...
$1,795,000
Neighborhood: Middlewoods East
3
Beds
3
Baths
2,882
Sq.Ft.
1981
Year Built
3
Days on Site
22029646
MLS
This lovely house is situated on an incredible lot on the Kiawah River, with water, marsh, sunset and sunrise views.The house is built on 3 levels which are staggered. It is 2882 SF with 3 large...
6
Beds
4F11/2
Baths
4,274
Sq.Ft.
2022
Year Built
4
Days on Site
22029559
MLS
This six bedroom second row home is a must see for anyone looking for a vacation home, primary residence, or vacation rental. The home features white oak wide plank flooring, quartz countertops,...
$2,395,000
Neighborhood: Forest Trail
5
Beds
3F11/2
Baths
3,679
Sq.Ft.
1990
Year Built
4
Days on Site
22029565
MLS
Well maintained home on Isle of Palms, located across the street from the Wild Dunes golf course, close to the Isle of Palms marina, a short golf cart ride to the the beach, with an updated kitchen,...
$595,000
Neighborhood: The Timbers
3
Beds
3F11/2
Baths
2,451
Sq.Ft.
2018
Year Built
4
Days on Site
22029580
MLS
Exciting opportunity to own a 1/9th interest at Timbers Kiawah Ocean Club & Residences. This luxury appointed 3 bedroom/3.5 bathroom residence offers pristine views from a private oceanfront balcony....
$2,500,000
Neighborhood: Sullivans Island
3
Beds
2
Baths
1,495
Sq.Ft.
1990
Year Built
4
Days on Site
22029582
MLS
Once in a lifetime opportunity to buy a property that has never been for sale on the public market. The original home was built in the early 70's and the original owner lived in and lovingly cared...
$52,500
Neighborhood: Sunset Cay Marina
2003
Year Built
4
Days on Site
22029591
MLS
Sunset Cay is one of the most desirable gated marina's in the low country. The slip is 20x 40 and can accommodate a 55 foot boat which has city water and power hook ups and weekend stays are allowed....
$2,150,000
Neighborhood: Wild Dunes
6
Beds
6
Baths
2,870
Sq.Ft.
2001
Year Built
5
Days 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...