Locals know Sullivan’s Island is the place to go when it’s time to kick back, dip your toes in the sand, and take a deep, cleansing breath of ocean air. This unspoiled barrier island lies just minutes from downtown Charleston and is home to some of the area’s best restaurants for having a bite to eat after a day at the beach. Sullivan’s Island is the perfect Oceanside retreat to call home with a charming small-town atmosphere with welcoming neighbors and a rich history to explore. Sullivan’s Island is located where southern charm planted its roots. Sullivan’s Island is nestled peacefully on the Atlantic Seaboard. The beachfront is unique in that it is owned by the Town of Sullivan’s Island and held in a perpetual easement. This means the natural beach environment is carefully protected, especially by a supportive local community.
Fortunate enough to lie in the southern region of the United States, Sullivan’s Island is no stranger to consistent warm weather. The warmest temperatures can be found from May to September, with the occasional beach day in October as well. The cooler season still brings temperatures in the low to mid-60s Fahrenheit (15-18 degrees Celsius) and lasts a brief period from December to March. Snow is rarely on the radar and extremely uncommon. Sullivan’s Island Elementary is an award-winning public school with an oceanfront view. It has been ranked among the top 15 public elementary schools in Charleston County, and its teachers are ranked fifth in the county as well. When you’re not enjoying the serene ocean views, try your hand at the endless offering of water sports perfect for the island’s climate. From fishing, sailing, kayaking, and even kiteboarding—whatever your speed, the island has plenty to offer. If you prefer to stay on land, the surrounding area offers world-class golf courses and tennis clubs.
Originally incorporated in 1817 as Moultrieville, the island has a long military history of protecting Charleston Harbor from invaders. Standing guard over the island is Fort Moultrie, which has been restored to reflect the story of American seacoast defense through World War II. The famous author Edgar Allan Poe was once stationed at the fort and used the gorgeous island as the setting for The Gold Bug. Today, Fort Moultrie is open daily for visitors to explore. Another favorite landmark is Sullivan’s Island Lighthouse. Built in 1962, it sits adjacent to Fort Moultrie. Standing 140-foot-tall, the lighthouse has a range of 26 miles and was the last major lighthouse built by the federal government, uniquely resembling an air traffic control tower more than a traditional lighthouse. Sullivan’s Island is surrounded by endless unique areas filled with southern charm including Isle of Palms, Mount Pleasant, and world-renowned downtown Charleston. If a quiet beach lifestyle is calling to you, Sullivan’s Island is the answer. This attractive sea island community has maintained the heart of a small town. The protected beaches offer residents the opportunity to soak up the natural surroundings, appreciate the wildlife and escape to serenity. From majestic beach homes to cozy cottages, there’s a property on Sullivan’s Island to suit the most discerning of tastes. Sullivan’s Island offers a charming blend of 1950s bungalows nestled next to new, larger beachfront homes, creating an expansive architectural mix. Many houses date from the 1800s, giving it a classic turn-of-the-century feel. Sprinkled throughout the island are remnants of the rich military history—some evident in what are now single-family residences that have withstood time.