Sullivan’s Island is a great place to spend a weekend, especially if you’re thinking about making it your permanent island home. Over the years we’ve helped many families become Sullivan’s Island residents, but if you haven’t yet decided on the island, give it a spin for the weekend! With the balanced mix of historic and relaxed vibes, you can soak up the sun and chill but also take in a bit of knowledge. And the food. There is plenty of that, and beer. And Edgar Allan Poe!
Let’s go, shall we?
Dinner, drinks, and good times: We’ll assume with the start of the weekend you’re ready to immediately kick back, eat some good grub, and have a ton of fun. Enter Home Team BBQ. Many, and I mean *many*, locals claim Home Team to have the best wings on the planet, and we’d have to agree. But there’s a lot more to the joint than wings. They also serve up a mean batch of BBQ and ribs, macaroni and cheese, banana pudding, collard greens, baked beans, slaw, pork rinds with pimento cheese – literally all of the best Southern foods you can think of. Home Team also offers a long list of local brews, so you can taste even more of the South, particularly the Lowcountry, and there is always really great, original live music from both national touring acts and talented locals. That’s right, kick back, snack til you burst, sip on brews, and enjoy the tunes and lively atmosphere – exactly what your Friday night needs.
Breakfast: No time to nurse that hangover at home – get up and head to Sullivan’s Island Co-op, and they’ll ready you for the full-day ahead with biscuits, bagels, a breakfast burrito, or a meat lover’s sandwich. And coffee, of course, lots and lots of coffee.
Edgar Allan Poe Library: You should head to Fort Moultrie later, but on the way stop off for some oddball history at the wee library in a bunker named after the famous writer who was stationed here in 1828 – back then he was known as Army Private Edgar Allan Poe. The unique library is housed inside renovated Battery Gadsden, a former Spanish-American War four-gun battery. Poe spent only13 months on Sullivan’s,but the island left an impression on him, as is well documented.
Fort Moultrie: From the beach, you can spot Fort Moultrie, a series of fortifications built to protect Charleston. Dating back to 1776, it is the first fort built there, famously composed entirely of Palmetto logs, that inspired the state flag and South Carolina’s nickname: the Palmetto State. There’s a lot more to learn on site, which is open seven days a week from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.
Lunch: By the time you’re done exploring the library and fort, you’ll be famished, so what better place to refuel than at a locals’ favorite named also after Edgar Allan Poe? Poe’s Tavern is an open-air pub serving up everything from tacos to burgers (amazing burgers FYI) to brews and Bloody Marys. We highly recommend the Gold Bug Burger, named after Poe’s famous short story, and the Annabelle Lee, titled as such after Poe’s final poem.
Sullivan’s Island Lighthouse: You may remember reading about this lighthouse in a recent post of ours, and now is the perfect time to check it out. If you recall, it’s significant in several ways: the triangular shape, its elevator (the only lighthouse with an elevator), and the fact that it is still a working lighthouse. You may not get a chance to actually go inside, but it’s still worth a stop for anyone with an interest in lighthouses! And it’s a great way to end your day of exploration before getting on to the business of relaxation.
The Beach: If it’s summer, it’s best around here to go to the beach after 2 or before 11 to avoid harmful rays, the hottest part of the day, and possible crowds. We find ways to work around the summer’s rising temps so we can still enjoy our pristine beaches. Now is the perfect time to get some sun, rest, and reflect on the day’s adventures. And you can start daydreaming of the dinner in store later on.
Dinner: After you’ve waded in the water, gotten a tan, and maybe had a nap, get dolled up and head to The Obstinate Daughter, named after the island’s rich Revolutionary War history. Make sure you have a reservation, because this is one hot spot for an upscale experience. Dine on such delights as Frogmore chowder, roasted beets, local Mepkin Abbey mushrooms, grilled octopus, smoked local fish, Lowcountry shrimp roll, chicken bog, sweetbreads, swordfish, and seafood stew. They also serve up tasty pizza and pasta specials, not to mention plenty of stunning wines.
Drinks: Another local favorite, Dunleavy’s Pub is a cabin-like structure with all the character you could possibly want in a neighborhood joint. There’s always live country, acoustic, or Irish music on the weekends particularly. The drinks are cold and most importantly, the staff and regulars are warm and friendly – the perfect way to end your last night on Sullivan’s.
Yoghurt Bowl and the Beach: Take it easy and head to the beach one last time this morning but not before you stop at gogogreens on Middle Street for a to-go bowl of greatness, like the Purple Haze – frozen acai, banana, mango, coconut water, raisins, seasonal berries, bananas, green grapes, toasted coconut, and hemp seeds. Refreshing and just right for the beach. Proceed to the shore and relax for a spell before you have to head back to reality.
Brunch: If you’re in the mood for one last hurrah before departing the island, check out High Thyme, the island’s best-kept secret. Local singer-songwriters are often on deck to serenade you, and the place has a stellar reputation for delivering the brunch goods. Choose from crab cake benedict, country ham benedict, braised beef brisket omelet, biscuits and gravy, French toast, burrito, breakfast casserole, and more, including starters like rare seared tuna, scallops, and mussels.
If you have time for a walk or bike ride, Sullivan’s Island is a charming and (mostly) shady spot to get some exercise. Around 3.5 miles from end to end, the island is a great place to burn off some of the weekend calories!
Hope you had (or will have) fun on Sullivan’s Island and don’t forget, once you’re ready to move to the island, we’ve got just the folks to help you find the perfect home.
What’s your favorite spot on Sullivan’s?
Looking to hear great live music at the beach? Downtown Charleston may be known for its many venues and bars with music spilling onto King and Market streets, but the islands of the Lowcountry know how to put on a good show, too. From dirty blues at Sullivan’s Island Home Team BBQ to legendary rock shows at the Windjammer on the Isle of Palms, there are several sweet spots nearby — both new and old — with plenty of music you can kick back and sip a beer to. Here are just a few of our favorite venues for live music on Sullivan’s and IOP.
Dunleavy’s Pub | 2213 Middle Street
If you love a good, old-fashioned pub, you’ll love Dunleavy’s, where Guinness lovers have cheers’d their beers for over 20 years. Outside are picnic tables for pints in the sunshine, while inside you can enjoy some of the best Irish folk music in Charleston from well-loved local artists like Carroll Brown.
High Thyme | 2213 Middle Street
At High Thyme, Southern seafood fare is always the catch of the day, but you’ll also love all the live music this restaurant/venue has on the menu. Local Celtic folk favorites the Hungry Monks play here on the reg, as do guys like Moon Dog, Carroll Brown (you really can’t get enough of Carroll!), and the Reckoning, the latter of which is a lovely, local Grateful Dead strings cover band.
Fiery Ron’s Home Team BBQ | 2209 Middle Street
Known for their BBQ and arguably more so for their wings (best in town, y’all), Home Team has more than good grub — it puts on great live music, too, particularly blues, folk, Americana, and country artists.
On the IOP:
The Windjammer | 1008 Ocean Blvd.
Even most new islanders know about the Windjammer — a Charleston, not just an IOP, institution for over 40 years. Legends like Hootie & the Blowfish, the Blue Dogs, Drivin’ N Cryin’, and Southern Culture on the Skids have performed here for decades, both inside and out — the back features a deck majestically overlooking the beach action and the sea. Inside you’ll find the main stage and an open-air bar perfect for ocean breezes that constantly remind you that life is good.
The Dinghy | 8 J C Long Blvd.
The Dinghy is relatively new to the island, having come on board the scene only three or so years ago. Locals love it for the live music you can consistently catch nightly here. Artists are local and much loved by the regulars, making this special spot a lively, neighborly kind of place. Oh, and FYI their Dirty Elvis Fries are a dream.
Morgan Creek Grill | 80 41st Ave.
Situated on the water with brilliant sea breezes aplenty, Morgan Creek Grill is the definition of chill, particularly when you add live music to the mix. Morgan Creek recently added a recurring event called Wintertide: Songwriters in the Round, featuring local singer-songwriters every week along with an oyster roast. Head to morgancreekgrill.com for more details.
What’s your favorite local music venue on Sullivan’s Island or Isle of Palms?
It’s beach season and there is no doubt that each one of Charleston’s beaches has it’s own charm. I would say that all are worth a visit, and you can pick one that suites your mood! If you’re looking for surf and are feeling adventurous, Folly is for you. If you’re looking for a great beach to take the kids to, Isle of Palms is where you should be. Want to go kiteboarding? Head on over to Sullivan’s. Each week we will be featuring a different local beach, and this week it’s all about Isle of Palms! Read on to see some rules, guidelines, and what to expect at Charleston’s most family-friendly beach.
Out of all the beaches in Charleston, Isle of Palms offers the most family-friendly shores (and is my personal favorite!). Because this beach has a bucket of rules and a ton of tourists, there are a few things you should know before packing up the family and heading out for a day of fun in the sun. Isle of Palms beach doesn’t allow alcohol, glass bottles, bonfires, camping, fireworks, or, of course, littering. So if you’re a college kid looking for a party, this beach probably isn’t for you. Dogs are allowed on the Isle of Palms beach as long as they are kept on a leash at all times (even when they are in the water) except from 5 am to 8 am, making it able to get your morning walk with your pooch in.
Holes that your children may dig while making mystical castles must be filled in when they are done. This keeps baby sea turtles from getting stuck on their way to the water and grandma from falling in and breaking a hip. Isle of Palms safety officers and lifeguards also need to be able to get around on their beach carts without breaking an axel.
The beaches on Isle of Palms are open and windy, making this the perfect place for kitesurfing. There aren’t many surfers here, since the waves are pretty small. You will occasionally see surfers here, although usually beginners. If you do want to take a crack at surfing, make sure you stay 100 feet from swimmers and 200 feet from the pier if you don’t want a hefty fine.
If you’re looking for a beach with a lifeguard, head to the Isle of Palms County Park on 14th Street. You can park here for $5 and you will find restrooms, showers, picnic tables, ice cream, and chair and umbrella rentals (although I recommend you bring your own – it’s rather pricey). Make sure you pop into our dunes properties office right there on the corner and say hi!
There are plenty of things to do on Isle of Palms if laying in the sun and playing in the sand isn’t for you. Aside from kitesurfing, you could make your way to the back side of the Island where you will find the IOP Marina and you can rent wave runners, go parasailing, or go on a fishing charter. If you’re in need of any beach gear, pop in to Isle Surf Co.
For lunch, check out Windjammer, where you can eat, drink, listen to live music, and even sing a little. Banana Cabana has great seasonal food and a beachfront bar, and Coconut Joe’s offers Island-inspired dishes and a rooftop bar. If you’re looking for pizza, ice cream, or some cute shops to browse in, stroll around The Front Beach Area.
Overall, the Isle of Palms beach is a family-friendly, clean, pleasant beach where you don’t need to worry about alcohol, rowdiness, or parties. Get ready for a day full of relaxation or adventure, whatever you choose! If you decide that Isle of Palms beach isn’t for you, check out the blog post we did last week on Folly Beach and make sure you stay tuned, next week we are featuring Sullivan’s Island.
It’s beach season and there is no doubt that each one of Charleston’s beaches has it’s own charm. I would say that all are worth a visit, and you can pick one that suites your mood! If you’re looking for surf and are feeling adventurous, Folly is for you. If you’re looking for a great beach to take the kids to, Isle of Palms is where you should be. Want to go kiteboarding? Head on over to Sullivan’s. Each week we will be featuring a different local beach, and this week it’s Folly Beach! Below are some guidelines, rules, and what to expect at Charleston’s most laid-back beach.
Folly Beach is known for it’s surf, college-aged eye candy, fun festivals, and eclectic lifestyle. Just 15 minutes from downtown Charleston, the locals like to call this The Edge of America. The bumper to bumper traffic (totally worth it!) is proof that Folly Beach is the only place to be on a hot summer day.
Folly Beach is probably the favorite beach among the locals. The beach is always open to the public and if you’ve got some cash, you can park at one of the beach’s access points. You can also park for free on the island streets – as long as all your tires are off the road and you don’t mind the walk. Folly is a great place to play volleyball, cornhole, and frisbee but there are some key rules to follow at this beach. There is no drinking or glass allowed on this beach. Trying to sneak it and getting caught will land you a $500 fine, so it’s best to just avoid it in my opinion. Also, starting Memorial Day, dogs are not allowed on the beach between 10AM and 6PM, and they must always be kept on their leash at all times and of course pick up their waste. Littering will get you a hefty $1000 fine and bonfires, fireworks, playing on the sand dunes, disturbing turtle nests, and possessing glass bottles will cost you close to that. For an official guideline of the rules, click here. Just be respectful and have fun!
It’s not just the sun, sand, and surf that brings people to Folly. It’s strip of locally owned shops and restaurants matches the laid back life style of this island town. Head over to Center Street for the best margarita at the original Taco Boy, a local favorite. You could pop in to Lost Dog Cafe for a massive breakfast made island style or get a sandwich, salad, or even sushi delivered beach-side by Drop In Deli.
Check out the Post and Courier to see what fun events are happening at Folly, whether it be Taste of Folly, Folly Beach Pub-crawl, Flip Flop Drop, the sand sculpture contest, or Follypalooza. There is always something happening at Folly and there is plenty of things to do for any kind of person. Explore a maritime forest, drink at the Morris Island Lighthouse, build a giant sand castle, ride bikes, fish off the pier, parasail, watch the sunset, dine out, dine in, and of course, surf! Weddings are also very popular on Folly, with an event permit costing only $25, even though you would have to go inland for your reception.
So grab a surfboard, paddleboard, or even a kiteboard, and head to the Washout. McKevlin’s offers boards for sale on consignment and 1-hour surf lessons for $40. If surfing isn’t your thing, bring your fishing rod and cast on the Folly Pier, where you can fish for $3 – $10 from 6AM to 11 PM. Either way, pack that cooler and get ready to spend one of the most relaxing afternoons you’ve ever spent on a beach.
Beep Beep – We’ve got us a TRAFFIC JAM!
Folly Beach celebrated Mardi Gras Folly style on Saturday with their 7th Annual Folly Gras Festival and Parade. This family friendly event takes place every February and encourages attendees to show up in their best Mardi Gras outfit. The parade takes place on Center Street and features food vendors, street vendors, and various bands.
This Saturday Folly Gras got off to a slow start, with none other than a parade TRAFFIC JAM to begin what resulted in a looong day of eating, drinking, dancing and avid bead collecting. Locals & out-of-towners gathered together at Center Street on Folly Beach ready to strut their stuff at the start of the 2pm parade, only to be held up by an immobile classic car which was promptly “kicked to the curb” to sit the rest of the parade out.
The ever-so-colorful dunes properties convertible followed closely behind, sporting dunes flags, agents in costume and a never-ending supply of beads, keychains, candy and more for all the kiddies to enjoy.
Festival goers this year enjoyed musical jams by the Shakin’ Martinis, the Hungry Monks, Soulfish, Hollow Point and Gaslight Street, with NOLA inspired foods and costumes to round out the four hour event which carried on late into the night after streets were reopened.
Parade Winners Included:
Best All Around Folly Spirit – King Poseidon
Best Golf Cart – Folly Jesters
Best Float – Days of Folly Gras
Best Costume – Court Jester
Best New Orleans Food Flair Winners:
1st Place – Blu
2nd Place- The Grill
3rd Place – Surf Bar
We had a front row seat from the dunes properties Folly Beach office, which is located right in the middle of where the parade took place at 31 Center Street. Still at its original location since 1998 when it opened, the Folly office houses our vacation rental program, along with property managers and real estate agents that are always available. Come by and see us!
Folly Beach owners and vacationers can breathe a sigh of relief knowing their beach won’t be eroding away any longer into the Atlantic. In 2011 Hurricane Irene took a serious bite out of the beach and the city has been fighting to get the money ever since.
The Army Corp of Engineers has provided $20 million to the city for the renourishment project. As part of a lawsuit settlement, the federal government is obligated to pay for renourisment every 8 years, or as needed, due to erosion caused by the Charleston jetties.
The renourishment will begin in the Fall after the turtle nesting season and will be completed by the Summer of 2014. Dredging will occur 3 miles off shore and be spread along the same footprint as 2005. It is quite an interested scene to watch the dredging happen and what a difference it makes. You can see in the picture below what a difference dredging did for the Wild Dunes beach. I look forward to the result.
Also in exciting news, the Folly Beach Park, after being closed since September 2011, will be reopening on July 3rd, just in time for the July 4th festivities. The commission members decided to go ahead and fund the $3 million renourishment project to get the park open. They couldn’t wait any longer. This is good news for Folly Beach and good news for everyone that enjoys that beautiful part of the island.
Charleston Coast Market in a Nutshell
Well, what can I tell you? It is busy here in Charleston. As a matter of fact, it is the busiest I have been in five years. Inventory is slightly down (a good thing), interest rates are down (another good thing) and prices are down – not so good.
Maybe everyone is heeding Warren Buffet’s advice (I am paraphrasing here): “Buy property now.” I’d sure like to think so.
In comparing most of the Charleston market in the first quarter of 2011 with the first quarter of 2012, nearly across the board sales are up. Only Seabrook Island and Wild Dunes are slightly off, but there are sales in the hopper on both islands which will even those numbers out in the second quarter. See the comparison chart below.
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It remains a good time to buy real estate on Folly Beach. Prices remain low while demand is increasing and returning to normal levels. 5 homes sold in September on Folly Beach, bringing the total sold in 2010 to 76. Compare that to 2009 where 63 sold and we can see that demand is back. This is the beginning of a turn-around, although I believe we have slow growth ahead of us. There is no denying that more people are buying now than last year.
Prices remain low, with an average sale price of $364,000 in September. Many people realize that they can afford these prices and are buying their vacation home. They are taking advantage of low interest rates, and shifting some of their investment portfolio into real estate, which could provide a great return as well as offering family enjoyment. Stocks portfolios do not provide the memories that a vacation home can.
Some of the sales in September include:
An oceanfront home for $825,000.
A 1600 square foot 3 BR Waters Edge townhome with views for $374,000
A Mariners Cay 2 BR condominium with views for $220,000.
If you are interested in buying Folly Beach real estate, or would like help selling your home, trust a professional who keeps you current on the market. Contact Vince Perna today.
Below is a description of real estate activity on Folly Beach in August 2010.
Demand held steady as 11 properties sold in August, same as the month before, bringing the total sold in 2010 to 74. This is a great sign, as historically demand was over 100 homes per year and we are on pace for 111.
The average sales price in August was $340,000 with a low of $145,000 and a high of $620,000. These historically low prices, coupled with low interest rates are driving these sales. Many people are taking advantage in order to fulfill their lifelong dream of living at Folly Beach. There are properties still available in the lower price ranges, but they are going quickly. As they continue to sell, more buyers will be forced to look at higher list prices, a good sign for sellers.
Some of the properties sold were:
A Turn of River 3 bedroom condominium foreclosure for $195,000.
A West side 3rd row home for $405,000.
A 2nd row home past the washout with marsh and ocean views for $540,000.
If these prices sound good, contact me to begin your search today. I will keep you current with the market and help make the best decision on buying or selling a Folly Beach home.
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Momentum is going strong for Folly Beach real estate. Many Folly Beach homes and condominiums are trading hands while people take advantage of low prices and low interest rates. The pace of existing home sales has quickened and is returning to normal levels. Below is a summary of activity for July 2010. Contact me for the whole picture of the market.
11 properties sold in July 2010 on Folly Beach, bringing the total sold in 2010 to 61. Through 7 m0nths of 2010, we have sold as many as all of 2009. No tax credit disclaimer here, most buyers on Folly Beach would not qualify for the first time homebuyer credit. So we have legitimate demand for homes, which makes sense at the current average price in July of $331,829. If that sounds good to you, come on down and join us.
There have been a handful of foreclosed properties and great investment deals, but they go quickly and you really have to be in a position to move. they best way is to get educated on the market and be able to pounce when needed. I can help lead the way.
Some of the sales in July were:
A 3 bedroom Charleston Oceanfront Villa for $640,000
A 2nd row lot on East Arctic for $300,000
A condominium in Marsh Winds for $135,000
As prices fall lower, the low hanging fruit is easiest to pick, and that is exactly what is going on here on Folly. People are realizing that the prices are worth pulling the trigger, if you have always wanted the Folly Beach lifestyle. If you have ever considered buying, or are interested in selling your home, let me fill you in on the state of the market.