Isle of Palms
Isle of Palms is a barrier island community located about 11 miles north of Historic Charleston. With only about 4,500 year-round residents, this city enjoys a small town atmosphere with the added benefit of having over 7 miles of pristine beach.
Not unlike desirable locales across the country, the real estate market here has seen breathtaking increases in prices over the last 10 years. Still, compared to most seaside communities, bargains can still be had.
The island is compriised of three primary districts, Front Beach, The Avenues and Wild Dunes Resort. To learn more about Isle of Palms read on...
Front Beach Area
Located at the foot of the bridge connecting the island to Mount Pleasant, the Front Beach area of IOP extends south to Breach Inlet and Sullivans' Island. Properties on the "narrow side" of the island enjoy views to the ocean and the Intracoastal Waterway. The homes in this area offer an eclectic mix of older beach cottages and multi-million dollar ocean front mansions. The island's commercial district resides on this part of the island as well, offering property owners the added benefit of being able to walk to shops, restaurants and watering holes.
The section of Isle of Palms known as The Avenues (or "the numbered streets") is situated between Palm Boulevard and Waterway Boulevard from 21st Avenue to 41st Avenue. While other sections of the island have largely given way to vacation rental properties, The Avenues is the island's primary residential district. Orininally developed by The Beach Company back in the early 1960's, you'll find a delightful mix a renovated ranch homes, newly constructed coastal showcases and a handful of concrete block beach bungalows. The vast majority of the island's year-round residents live here. Many first-time visitors to this section of Isle of Palms are surprised to find a bona fide neighborhood still exists on the islands.
In recent years, real estate investors have built large short-term rental properties on the Palm Blvd. side of The Avenues. Residents of this area, in an effort to preserve the residential character of this section of the island, have banded together to encourage IOP city officials to protect the area from commercialism.
The Avenues remains the premier address for those looking for a quiet residential neighborhood within walking distance of the beach.
Wild Dunes Resort
Wild Dunes resides on the northeast end of Isle of Palms on what was the last undeveloped section of the island. This 1,600 acre maritime forest was home for a small Boy Scout camp until 1972, when, in partnership with local developers, the Sea Pines Company (of Hilton Head fame) established the Isle of Palms Beach & Racquet Club.
Over the years, the resort has added two 18 hole golf courses and a variety of resort-style housing including single family homes, town houses and high-rise condominiums. The first course to open ( in 1980), The Links at Wild Dunes, gained notoriety as one of the best courses in the world, which led to the renaming of the resort to Wild Dunes. The resort also houses a highly regarded Tennis Center that is consistently ranked in the Top 50 tennis resorts in the U.S.
This Isle of Palms-based resort has become a major vacation locale on the South Carolina coast, popular with families, couples, golfers, meeting attendees, celebrities and retirees.