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5 Things to Know About Living in Folly Beach

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Relax..Slow Down. People of Folly Beach know this to be true and live by the phrase. Folly Beach, known as The Edge of America, has many qualities that make it one of the most relaxing places on Earth. From composer and pianist George Gershwin to local writer Dorothea Frank, artists have been known to flock to the island as a place to master their genre. Our unique community consists of musicians, visual artists, jewelry makers, songwriters, and other performers. Folly Beach also has a strong community of young professionals who travel to Charleston for work and school too. Here are just a few things to know about what makes Folly Beach so vibrant with a diverse culture.

You’ll Live In –

…a historical house much like neighboring Charleston, SC.  Initially, Folly Beach was only inhabited by 9 families, but the beach quickly became known as “The People’s Beach” and became developed, with an Ocean Plaza and a fishing pier. Homes started being built quickly, and the island has become much more than just a visitor’s attraction. Prime real estate has a rich history beginning with the Bohicket tribe that originally lived here. Later, Federal soldiers during the Civil War occupied the island throughout the Battle of Fort Sumter. Much of Folly’s history can still be found in the soil, with the odd arrowhead being found every now and then on the beaches.

You’ll Pay –

According to some estimates, home averages on Folly Beach are $574,800 which makes it one of the more affordable beaches in South Carolina. Compared to Sullivan’s Island ($1,070,800) and Kiawah ($747,600), Folly is much more attainable. Homes may be found in a variety of shapes and sizes, ranging from a 2 bedroom cottage with 640 sq ft to larger homes with 4 or more bedrooms with over 2,000 sq ft. The good news for future sellers is that prices have increased 6.7% over the past year and have an anticipated growth of another 2.2% during the next year.

You’ll Hang Out –

One of the most popular hangouts on Folly is Bert’s Market on Ashley Avenue. This quaint little shop has become home to everyone in the area, and is open 24 hours a day. Early morning surfers can stop by and pick up some last minute wax for their boards. Partygoers can drop in and grab a case of beer or one of their popular hot dogs for a late night snack.  You’ll also hang out at Front Beach behind the Tides Hotel for easy access to restaurants and bars.

If you’re an active surfer, you’ll head to one of the most consistent surf breaks on the US Atlantic coast, the Washout, where glassy waters await.

The #1 thing to do in Folly, as rated by Trip Advisor, is The Folly Beach Fishing Pier. One TripAdvisor user put it best, “The light and waves play on this iconic landmark making for a photographer’s delight. Lots of beach and room for everyone.” The shagalicious Folly Beach fishing pier hosts Shag Nights throughout the summer with a DJ and dancing and has become one of the most well known events offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.

Your kids will –

…go to school in James Island. Public schools are located in neighboring James Island. James Island Charter High receives a rating of 89, which is significantly higher than the average rating of 60 for high schools in South Carolina according to Startclass.Com.

The Folly Beach Public Library has events such as story time, ice cream socials and movie nights.

You’ll love –

The activities this laid back island offers. Besides Surfing, check out Paddleboarding, Kayaking, Fishing, Golfing, Boating, and just plain old beachcombing. There is something for everyone.

The pace of life is something that cannot be beat. Move here and you will be treated as if you have lived in Folly your whole life. Don’t forget your flip flops.

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