THE CITY OF FOLLY BEACH is a barrier island, six miles long and the closest beach to historical Charleston, South Carolina, 20 minutes away, via the James Island Connector. "The Edge of America" is a phrase frequently used to describe Folly Beach. Folly Beach is an incorporated town of less than 3500 full time residents, and features two seaside county parks, a maritime forest, and a magnificent public fishing pier overlooking the surf.
The Folly Beach Pier, which extends more than 1,045 feet into the Atlantic Ocean, hosts fishing tournaments year round. The pier is also host to summertime “Moonlight Mixers”, for dancing to oldies under the stars and over the Atlantic Ocean. The Folly Beach Pier is the longest in South Carolina and also boasts a popular seafood restaurant. Major surfing competitions on the rugged beach area known as the "washout" at Folly Beach are held in late summer. Outdoor recreation is big on Folly, and annual events include the Sand and Sea Beach Festival, held in April. In August, many residents and tourists gather at the Folly Beach Pier for the biggest fishing tournament of the season, the Big Kahuna Fishing Tournament.
The slow-paced Folly Beach lifestyle fits easily within nature's framework, and the island is a haven for nesting turtles and shorebirds. Loggerhead sea turtles crawl onto the beach at Folly between May and September to lay eggs. It is believed that they nest on the beach where they were hatched decades earlier. Folly Beach residents donate time and energy protecting the nests during hatching season.
On the eastern tip of Folly Island you'll find an outstanding view of the Morris Island Lighthouse from one of three county parks. Charleston County School district serves the children of Folly Beach, but their schools are located in nearby James Island. The island is really perfect to get away for a low-key vacation. In 1934 George Gershwin stayed on Folly and was inspired to write Porgy & Bess. Many houses found on Folly Beach are available for vacation rental.
For more Information about Folly Beach, visit www.FollyBeach.com
Folly Beach Real Estate
In 2016, there were about 150 home sales on Folly Beach. Home prices ranged from $1,944,000 for an oceanfront home to $219,000 for a one bedroom, one bath condo. Median Price for homes (excluding condos) was $615,000 in 2016.
Information provided by Behren Kitrell, Broker In Charge, Charleston Flat Fee Real Estate