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fact is, there just are not many places that offer what Sullivan's
Island can - a sunny, tropical climate on a pristine residential
island, close to America's most historic city, featuring the state's
most highly-rated public elementary school and a national historic
Revolutionary and Civil War site.
Of all the historic, sea island and waterfront residential
properties near Charleston, South Carolina, the one of the most sought-after is
unquestionably Sullivan's Island.
This three-mile barrier island 15 minutes from downtown Charleston
is a jewel unto itself, with pristine beach on one side, waterway
estuary on the other, grand views of Fort Sumter and Charleston
Harbor, and some of the most relaxed, stylish living in America.
The island's name and settlement history dates to 1674, when Capt.
Florence O'Sullivan was appointed to create defenses there to
protect the new colony of Charleston. In 1776, South Carolina troops
on Sullivan's Island fought off and defeated a British fleet one
week before the signing of the Declaration of Independence, and
historic forts on the island would play a major role in the Civil
War and in the development of its earliest homes.
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The oldest residence on Sullivan's Island dates to 1834, and dozens
of distinctive homes that exist today were built as beach cottages
in the mid to late 1800's in Classic Revival and Victorian
influence. Cypress exteriors, post-and-beam heart pine interiors,
gabled dormers, mansard roofs, and tiered piazzas with gazebo wings
are among the exceptional architectural styles that grace the
quiet, over-sized lots.
Primarily residential, and without a single traffic light,
Sullivan's Island has no beachfront boardwalks, hotels, businesses
or parking, and prides itself as a family-friendly area of sandy
beach paths and protected maritime forest, whose prevailing sound is
that of a
Covenants recently approved by the Sullivan's Island town council
restrict the number of houses that can be rented on theisland as a
means of preserving the sense of community. Resort renters can find
plenty of property on neighboring beaches, but Sullivan's Island is
content to be a neighborhood in which most residents live
The island does have a small, upscale commercial corridor that is
very popular with locals, featuring a range of delightful dining and
socializing experiences enhanced by the island surroundings. There's
fine dining at Atlanticville and Station 22 restaurants, family
dining at Sullivan's and Poe's restaurants, and a convivial music,
food, and nightlife at Off The Hook, Bert's Bar, and Dunleavy's
Among the quaint aspects of Sullivan's Island are the prevalence of
golf carts cruising an island that has no golf course, and the
arrangement of north-south blocks into what are known as stations.
These date to the 1890's when electric and horse-drawn trolleys were
introduced to the island along a series of tracks from one end to
the other. Today, the preferred conveyance is the golf cart, as the
tracks, trolleys and horses are gone. The old trolley stops, or
stations, still hang on as street addresses, and windsurfers, for
example, always know to congregate at Station 30 for some excellent
Views of flying kiteboards and windsurfers, rolling shrimp trawlers
and sailboats, leaping dolphins and porpoises, or diving pelicans
and seagulls is a year-round pleasure on Sullivan's Island, whose
property values have appreciated dramatically in the last decade,
but still compare very favorably to other prestigious locations
along the Atlantic Coast.
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