Bordered by the Atlantic Ocean and the Intracoastal Waterway, the Isle of Palms, South Carolina has earned a reputation for being a classic family-oriented beachfront community. Through the years, improved access to the Isle of Palms has played an important role in this island’s growing popularity, with Interstate 526 leading directly to the island via the Isle of Palms Connector. Now with more than 4,500 permanent residents and a thriving vacation destination business, the island has flourished without losing the charm for which it is famous.
One of South Carolina’s distinctive barrier islands, the Isle of Palms features moderate year-round temperatures, a breathtaking blue ocean, spectacular marsh views, and a full-service marina on the Intracoastal Waterway. Its seven-mile stretch of broad scenic beach is one of the most pristine along the Carolina coast, and the first in the state to become Blue Wave Certified by the Clean Beaches Council, a designation awarded to the cleanest beaches in America.
Like fingers of blue, Morgan Creek, Dewees Creek, and Cedar Creek stretch across the Isle of Palms, adding another environmental dimension to this semi-tropical paradise – one that is perfect for a distinctive host of flora and fauna. Residents keep an eye on the sky and waterways, often spying osprey nests, pelicans on the hunt for dinner and endangered loggerhead turtles coming ashore to lay their eggs.
And what would paradise be without a luxurious resort? The northeast end of the Isle of Palms is home to the world-renowned Wild Dunes, a 1,600-acre oceanfront resort featuring world-class golf, tennis, dining, and an extraordinary array of resort-style amenities.
Located just east of the Cooper River only minutes from Mount Pleasant, S.C. and 20 minutes from historic Charleston, S. C., Isle of Palms residents enjoy the many benefits of being a part of the Southeast’s richest and most vibrant region. The area’s thriving local economy, a multitude of art and cultural offerings, and close proximity to other major cities including Charlotte, N.C., Atlanta, Ga., and Jacksonville, Fla. guarantee that a break from the out-of-the-way beach lifestyle is close at hand. And the Isle of Palms is only about 90 miles from one of South Carolina’s other popular vacation destinations, Myrtle Beach.
Nearby Sullivan’s Island, a residential beach community located just south of the Isle of Palms, adds to the character and charm of living along the South Carolina coast. With all that the Isle of Palms has to offer, it’s not surprising that the real estate market remains hot, with high-end property proving to be a particularly great investment over the last decade. Eligible investors may take advantage of the U.S. Government’s 1031 Tax Deferred Exchange laws to help save taxes on their real estate investments in and around the Isle of Palms, & Sullivan's Island