Beach Front Living - Sullivans Island South Carolina

Sullivan's Island Beach Photo            Bambi Magraw

Moving to Charleston and hoping to find an oceanfront home or near-ocean property?   Sullivans Island is only a few minutes from bustling Mount Pleasant, but its charm is found in its seeming remoteness. Nothing like Mount Pleasant... not even a traffic light..., Sullivans is strictly a residential beach community.  Its small business district is comprised of a few good restaurants and beach bars and a doctor's office or two. 

The Town of Sullivan's Island, a barrier island north of Charleston Harbor, is comprised of approximately 2,000 residents in half as many households.  These are primarily full or part time citizens that enjoy the relaxed lifestyle of the Island.  There are very few short-term rentals and no hotels, motels, bed and breakfasts, or other transient lodging.  It isn't easy to find a house for sale on Sullivans Island very often.

The Town, incorporated in 1817 as Moultrieville, did not allow lean-tos or shacks then as now.  At that time lots were required to have a minimum of ½ acre and the same is true today.  Sullivan's Island is unique in that the beachfront lands which have accreted over the years, are owned by the Town and held in a perpetual easement by the Lowcountry Open Land Trust protecting the natural environment along the Atlantic Ocean.

This Island has a long military history of protecting the harbor from invaders and there are many wonderful histories which capture those stories.  Remnants of the military are abundant in now privately held military housing; even former fortifications are now single family residences.  Many of these historic homes have withstood the test of time and ravaging weather.

The Town's Fire & Rescue hold fundraisers throughout the year including the popular Fire & Rescue Oyster Roast or Lobster & Bar-B-Cue Feast.  To learn more, visit the town's website at

Kim and Keith Pruitt








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