Living on Sullivan's Island, South Carolina
The town of Sullivan’s Island offers a laid-back, beachy living right at the mouth of Charleston Harbor. Home to about 2,000 residents, this barrier island has no inns or motels and just a few short-term rentals. History buffs will find several important military sites dating back to the American Revolution. Although the island is small, there's a lot to explore and many things to do. Sullivan's Island also has the charming Middle Street business district, plus countless ways for residents to enjoy low-country coastal water activities. Beaches here are owned by the town, not by private landowners, and public access points are located every block or so.
Things to Do on Sullivan's Island
The pace of life is slow on Sullivan's Island, and the residents wouldn't have it any other way. Pick a spot along the 3.3 miles of unspoiled coastline, and put your toes in the sand while taking in views of the Morris Island Lighthouse. Activities center on just about any water sport you can imagine. Go for kiteboarding lessons, or zip around on a rented jet ski. Or just cast your line into the water and wait for something to bite. When you're ready to get out of the sun, head to Middle Street, the island's charming district of restaurants and boutique shops. You could take guests to see Fort Moultrie, which saved Charleston from British occupation in June 1776. Then stop by the simple steel bench donated by the Toni Morrison Society as a place of quiet reflection upon the lives of enslaved Africans who entered the country right here, starting in 1700.
Housing on Sullivan's Island
Sullivan’s Island has retained its quiet, island-town vibe by restricting development. Home lots are at least a half-acre, and builders must follow stringent rules to protect the island's character. This means buyers here can rest assured their neighborhood probably won't change much over time. Homebuyers can choose from charming beach cottages, substantial family retreats exuding low-country coastal charm and a few modern housing developments. With just 2.4 square miles, there are few neighborhoods in the traditional sense. Buyers may select a home on the north end, south end, or downtown. Your Long & Foster Real Estate Agent will be the best expert to guide you in finding your perfect paradise retreat on Sullivan's Island.
Transportation and Travel on Sullivan's Island
Sullivan’s Island is only about 10 miles from Charleston by automobile. The island is 19 miles from Charleston International Airport. Ride-sharing services, limos, private shuttles, and taxis go to Sullivan's Island. Of course, many residents and visitors reach the island by watercraft. It is also very bicycle-friendly.