One of Charleston’s six barrier islands, Sullivan’s Island is one of the most highly sought-after, residential beach towns in the country. Known for its casual, relaxed pace of life and a community that takes pride in its inviting atmosphere, it is no wonder that this quaint island is one of the area’s most coveted destinations. With a history rich in American past times, Sullivan’s Island is a distinctive, timeless getaway, nestled between the Atlantic coast and gorgeous Lowcountry marshes and sits just over twenty minutes from downtown Charleston.
The island community has a rich history. Early development dates back to the late 1600’s, when Captain Florence O’Sullivan established the island as a major component of coastal defenses. It was also the site of a major battle of the American Revolution at Fort Sullivan (now Fort Moultrie) in June 1776. Famous American writer Edgar Allen Poe was also stationed at Fort Moultrie from 1827 to 1828, with the island serving as the setting for his short story “The Gold-Bug.”
Sullivan’s Island offers a plethora of public activities and venues for everyone to enjoy. A large park, complete with a playground, tennis courts, basketball courts, soccer fields and a nice gazebo, spans a few acres on the island’s main road, Middle Street. Public beach access is prevalent throughout the island and restaurants are sprinkled along the Middle Street commercial district. Homes on the island range from island bungalows to oceanfront and marshfront estates, with a combination of historic properties and newer construction homes available for purchase.