Folly Beach

The Folly Beach story is one of pirates, shipwrecks and soldiers. It’s also the story of hardship and hurricanes and a coastline beach community. The name Folly comes from the coastline which is densely packed with trees and undergrowth. The Old English name for that kind of area is Folly. The 1st document of history that we have shows a land grant to William Rivers from King William III in 1696. Mr. Rivers eventually sold it to owners that did not live on the island. We do know that the Bohicket Indian tribe lived there until the great number of Europeans forced them to move elsewhere.

During the Civil War, Folly was occupied by Federal troops beginning in 1863. The Federal army used Folly Island as its main strategic base for the battle to take Fort Sumter. After the Civil War, Folly Beach Island was virtually abandoned. Folly became a melting pot for regular folks and temporary camps became permanent camps, became cottages.

From the 1940s onward, the building work steadily proceeded, reaching a peak in the 1960s with the construction of the Ocean Plaza with its amusement rides, boardwalk, shops and pier. The Folly Pier was a musical hub for the greater community with all the big bands playing. People from all over the country developed a love for the community that is, more than most, a people’s beach.

One of the most famous people to visit Folly Beach Island during these years was the composer and pianist, George Gershwin. It was while staying here that he composed the classic opera Porgy and Bess.

Houses here range in style from a 100 square foot 1960’s bungalow to a $1,000,000 plus property overlooking the lighthouse.

Folly Beach is also known as the end of the world and hosts an annual Flip Flop Drop, and Big Kahuna Fish Tournament. Its laid-back atmosphere may call you to make it Home.

Thank you to Folly Beach, A Brief History, by Gretchen Stringer Robinson for much of this information.

A History of Folly Beach

2016 Population

2,782

Median Home Price

$499,950

Municipal Government

City of Folly Beach

Service District

Charleston Water System

S.C. Electric & Gas Co.

Folly Beach Public Works

Internet & Cable

Schools:

Charleston County School District

More Info:

Charleston County Government

1984  Folly Road B-204 Charleston, SC 29412

Pelican Pointe Villas  |  Charleston

$267,500

2 beds 2 baths 1,310 sqft

Listing courtesy of RE/MAX FullSail

111 W Erie Avenue  Folly Beach, SC 29439

Folly Beach

$600,000

2 beds 1 baths 572 sqft

Listing courtesy of Charleston Real Estate Group

113 W Erie Avenue  Folly Beach, SC 29439

Folly Beach

$600,000

2 beds 1 baths 525 sqft

Listing courtesy of Charleston Real Estate Group

1733 E Ashley Avenue  Folly Beach, SC 29439

Folly Beach  |  Folly Beach

$1,200,000

4 beds 2 baths 1,440 sqft

Listing courtesy of Carolina One Real Estate

43  Mariners Cay Drive  Folly Beach, SC 29439

Mariners Cay  |  Folly Beach

$497,500

2 beds 2 baths 1,369 sqft

Listing courtesy of Vacasa SC LLC

214 W Cooper Avenue B Folly Beach, SC 29439

Folly Beach

$800,000

3 beds 3 baths 1,792 sqft

Listing courtesy of Carolina One Real Estate

201 W Arctic Avenue 116 Folly Beach, SC 29439

Charleston Oceanfront Villas  |  Folly Beach

$925,000

3 beds 3 baths 1,305 sqft

Listing courtesy of Dunes Properties of Chas Inc

218 E Erie Avenue  Folly Beach, SC 29439

Folly Beach

$750,000

0.24 acres

Listing courtesy of Ravenel Associates Real Estate. LLC

1653 E Ashley Avenue A Folly Beach, SC 29439

East Folly Beach Shores  |  Folly Beach

$1,700,000

4 beds 4 baths 1 half bath 2,860 sqft

Listing courtesy of Johnson & Wilson Real Estate Co LLC

214 W Ashley Avenue A Folly Beach, SC 29439

Folly Beach  |  Folly Beach

$775,000

3 beds 3 baths 1,792 sqft

Listing courtesy of Carolina One Real Estate

2320  Bluefish Circle  James Island, SC 29412

Oak Island  |  James Island

$995,000

3 beds 3 baths 2,513 sqft

Listing courtesy of Premier Properties Charleston

808 W Ashley Avenue  Folly Beach, SC 29439

Folly Beach  |  Folly Beach

$1,150,000

4 beds 3 baths 2,324 sqft

Listing courtesy of The Boulevard Company, LLC

230  Little Oak Island Drive  Folly Beach, SC 29439

Little Oak Island  |  Folly Beach

$369,000

2 beds 2 baths 1,253 sqft

Listing courtesy of AgentOwned Preferred Group

122 E Arctic Avenue 4 Folly Beach, SC 29439

Folly Beach

$925,000

4 beds 2 baths 1 half bath 2,614 sqft

Listing courtesy of Carolina One Real Estate

114  Howard Mary Drive B Charleston, SC 29412

Sable On The Marsh  |  Charleston

$420,000

3 beds 3 baths 1,684 sqft

Listing courtesy of RE/MAX FullSail

508 E Huron Avenue  Folly Beach, SC 29439

Folly Beach

$1,099,000

2 beds 2 baths 1 half bath 2,500 sqft

Listing courtesy of Luxury Simplified Real Estate, INC

1707 E Ashley Avenue Share 12 Folly Beach, SC 29439

E Folly Bch Shores  |  Folly Beach

$105,000

4 beds 4 baths 2 half baths 2,640 sqft

Listing courtesy of Coldwell Banker Realty

1707 E B E Ashley Avenue Share 4 Folly Beach, SC 29439

E Folly Bch Shores  |  Folly Beach

$115,000

4 beds 4 baths 2 half baths 2,640 sqft

Listing courtesy of Coldwell Banker Realty

1707 E B E Ashley Avenue Share 2 Folly Beach, SC 29439

E Folly Bch Shores  |  Folly Beach

$115,000

4 beds 4 baths 2 half baths 2,640 sqft

Listing courtesy of Coldwell Banker Realty

2104  Club View Court  Charleston, SC 29412

Needlegrass  |  Charleston

$235,000

0.21 acres

Listing courtesy of Adler Realty, LLC

113 W Hudson West Avenue  Folly Beach, SC 29439

Folly Beach

$689,000

3 beds 3 baths 1,620 sqft

Listing courtesy of Anchor Line Realty LLC

412 W Ashley Avenue  Folly Beach, SC 29439

Folly Beach  |  Folly Beach

$700,000

0.24 acres

Listing courtesy of Carriage Properties LLC

2393  Folly Road 1-K Folly Beach, SC 29439

Marsh Winds  |  Folly Beach

$399,900

3 beds 3 baths 1,392 sqft

Listing courtesy of AgentOwned Premiere Group

1004  Mariners Cay Drive  Folly Beach, SC 29439

Mariners Cay  |  Folly Beach

$799,000

3 beds 2 baths 1 half bath 1,830 sqft

Listing courtesy of The Boulevard Company, LLC

1002  Mariners Cay Drive  Folly Beach, SC 29439

Mariners Cay  |  Folly Beach

$819,000

3 beds 2 baths 1 half bath 1,830 sqft

Listing courtesy of The Boulevard Company, LLC

1616  Refuge Run   Charleston, SC 29412

Riverfront  |  Charleston

$268,000

3 beds 2 baths 1,799 sqft

Listing courtesy of Maven Realty

1008  Mariners Cay Drive  Folly Beach, SC 29439

Mariners Cay  |  Folly Beach

$859,990

3 beds 2 baths 1 half bath 2,150 sqft

Listing courtesy of Landcrafters Inc

1615  Teal Marsh Road  Charleston, SC 29412

Riverfront  |  Charleston

$525,000

3 beds 2 baths 2,040 sqft

Listing courtesy of EXP Realty LLC

1626  Folly Creek Way A4 Charleston, SC 29412

Palmetto Pointe  |  Charleston

$649,000

3 beds 3 baths 1,738 sqft

Listing courtesy of Mary Ann Meyers Charleston Realty Inc.

304 W Cooper Avenue  Folly Beach, SC 29439

Folly Beach  |  Folly Beach

$649,900

2 beds 2 baths 1 half bath 960 sqft

Listing courtesy of Brand Name Real Estate

1984  Folly Road B-203 Charleston, SC 29412

Pelican Pointe Villas  |  Charleston

$267,500

2 beds 2 baths 1,133 sqft

Listing courtesy of AgentOwned Charleston Group

81  Sandbar Lane 23 Folly Beach, SC 29439

Turtle Bay  |  Folly Beach

$625,000

3 beds 2 baths 1 half bath 1,568 sqft

Listing courtesy of Trademark Properties, Inc

718 W Ashley Avenue  Folly Beach, SC 29439

Folly Beach  |  Folly Beach

$875,000

4 beds 2 baths 1 half bath 2,100 sqft

Listing courtesy of Carolina One Real Estate

00  Stono River   Charleston, SC 29412

Charleston

$250,000

1.00 acres

Listing courtesy of Carolina One Real Estate

Stono River   Charleston, SC 29412

Goat Island  |  Charleston

$289,000

1.39 acres

Listing courtesy of Carolina One Real Estate

2024  Needlegrass Lane   Charleston, SC 29412

Beachcomber Place  |  Charleston

$629,000

4 beds 3 baths 1 half bath 3,006 sqft

Listing courtesy of Wild Dunes Real Estate, LLC

1984  Folly Road A-314 Charleston, SC 29412

Pelican Pointe Villas  |  Charleston

$385,000

2 beds 2 baths 1,291 sqft

Listing courtesy of Coldwell Banker Realty

112 E Huron Avenue A & B Folly Beach, SC 29439

Downtown  |  Folly Beach

$1,275,000

6 beds 5 baths 1 half bath 3,699 sqft

Listing courtesy of Handsome Properties, Inc.

113 E Arctic Avenue C Folly Beach, SC 29439

Folly Beach  |  Folly Beach

$1,410,000

4 beds 4 baths 1 half bath 3,111 sqft

Listing courtesy of Luxury Simplified Real Estate, INC

314 E Huron Avenue  Folly Beach, SC 29439

Folly Beach

$609,000

1 beds 1 baths 630 sqft

Listing courtesy of Riverland Realty

512 E Ashley  3 Folly Beach, SC 29439

Folly Beach  |  Folly Beach

$995,000

4 beds 3 baths 1 half bath 2,796 sqft

Listing courtesy of Fred Holland Realty

45 W Mariners Cay Drive  Folly Beach, SC 29439

Mariners Cay  |  Folly Beach

$364,000

2 beds 2 baths 1 half bath 1,340 sqft

Listing courtesy of Fred Holland Realty

104  Howard Mary Drive A Charleston, SC 29412

Sable On The Marsh  |  Charleston

$365,000

3 beds 3 baths 1,684 sqft

Listing courtesy of ERA Wilder Realty

2240  Folly Road  Folly Beach, SC 29439

Folly Creek Place  |  Folly Beach

$758,900

3 beds 2 baths 1 half bath 1,904 sqft

Listing courtesy of Keller Williams Realty Charleston

2  Mcdonough  A-5 Folly Beach, SC 29439

Mariners Cay  |  Folly Beach

$42,500

0 sqft

Listing courtesy of BHHS Carolina Sun Real Estate

41  Lempesis Lane  Folly Beach, SC 29439

Sunset Point  |  Folly Beach

$1,150,000

3 beds 2 baths 1 half bath 2,116 sqft

Listing courtesy of The Cassina Group

1012 E Cooper   Folly Beach, SC 29439

Folly Beach  |  Folly Beach

$350,000

0.25 acres 70x150 lot size

Listing courtesy of Fred Holland Realty

116 W Hudson Avenue  Folly Beach, SC 29439

Folly Beach

$945,000

3 beds 3 baths 1 half bath 2,889 sqft

Listing courtesy of Matt O'Neill Real Estate

60  Mariners Cay Drive  Folly Beach, SC 29439

Mariners Cay  |  Folly Beach

$340,000

2 beds 2 baths 1 half bath 1,340 sqft

Listing courtesy of Carolina One Real Estate

1707 B E Ashley Avenue  Folly Beach, SC 29439

E Folly Bch Shores  |  Folly Beach

$85,000

4 beds 4 baths 1 half bath 2,640 sqft

Listing courtesy of Dunes Properties of Chas Inc

2042  Covey Lane  Charleston, SC 29412

Riverfront  |  Charleston

$310,000

4 beds 2 baths 1,929 sqft

Listing courtesy of AgentOwned Preferred Group

205 E Little Oak Island Drive  Folly Beach, SC 29439

Little Oak Island  |  Folly Beach

$298,000

1 beds 1 baths 842 sqft

Listing courtesy of The Exchange Company, LLC

1804  Scudder Road  James Island, SC 29412

Battery Island  |  James Island

$275,000

3 beds 2 baths 1,152 sqft

Listing courtesy of LIve Oak Real Estate

1630  Terns Nest Road  Charleston, SC 29412

Riverfront  |  Charleston

$334,900

3 beds 2 baths 1,632 sqft

Listing courtesy of AgentOwned Preferred Group

151 W Marsh View Villas Drive  Folly Beach, SC 29439

Marshview Villas  |  Folly Beach

$349,000

2 beds 2 baths 1,117 sqft

Listing courtesy of Vacasa SC LLC

304 E Arctic Avenue  Folly Beach, SC 29439

Folly Beach  |  Folly Beach

$735,000

0.24 acres 70x150 lot size

Listing courtesy of Vacasa SC LLC

1984  Folly Road B-208 Charleston, SC 29412

Pelican Pointe Villas  |  Charleston

$325,000

2 beds 2 baths 1,291 sqft

Listing courtesy of RE/MAX FullSail, LLC

1984  Folly Road A305 Charleston, SC 29412

Pelican Pointe Villas  |  Charleston

$349,500

2 beds 2 baths 1,133 sqft

Listing courtesy of RE/MAX FullSail, LLC

1984  Folly Road A-313 Charleston, SC 29412

Pelican Pointe Villas  |  Charleston

$369,000

2 beds 2 baths 1,287 sqft

Listing courtesy of RE/MAX FullSail, LLC

160 W Marshview Villas Drive  Folly Beach, SC 29439

Marshview Villas  |  Folly Beach

$385,000

2 beds 2 baths 1,117 sqft

Listing courtesy of Carolina One Real Estate

918 E Ashley Avenue  Folly Beach, SC 29439

Folly Beach

$575,000

0.24 acres 70x150 lot size

Listing courtesy of EarthWay Real Estate

67 W We 10th Street B-23 Folly Beach, SC 29439

Sunset Cay Marina  |  Folly Beach

$55,000

0 sqft

Listing courtesy of The Boulevard Company, LLC

2003  Needlegrass Lane  Charleston, SC 29412

Beachcomber Place  |  Charleston

$199,000

0.34 acres

Listing courtesy of Coldwell Banker Realty

1011  Lighterman Way  Charleston, SC 29412

The Preserve at The Clam Farm  |  Charleston

$590,000

3 beds 2 baths 1 half bath 2,321 sqft

Listing courtesy of Charleston NEST Real Estate LLC

2393  Folly Road 1-J Folly Beach, SC 29439

Marsh Winds  |  Folly Beach

$409,000

3 beds 3 baths 1,392 sqft

Listing courtesy of MyOceanRental and Sales

67 W 10th Street 6 Slips Folly Beach, SC 29439

Sunset Cay Marina  |  Folly Beach

$350,000

0 sqft

Listing courtesy of Vacasa SC LLC

67 E 10th Street E-5 Folly Beach, SC 29439

Sunset Cay Marina  |  Folly Beach

$42,500

800 sqft

Listing courtesy of Carolina Elite Real Estate

2  Mcdonough Road A-1 Folly Beach, SC 29439

Mariners Cay  |  Folly Beach

$53,000

0 sqft

Listing courtesy of Atlantic Edge Real Estate

1115 E Arctic Avenue  Folly Beach, SC 29439

Folly Beach  |  Folly Beach

$895,000

1 beds 1 baths 654 sqft

Listing courtesy of Carolina One Real Estate

15  Mariners Cay Drive  Folly Beach, SC 29439

Mariners Cay  |  Folly Beach

$339,000

2 beds 2 baths 1 half bath 1,340 sqft

Listing courtesy of The Boulevard Company, LLC

1828  Sol Legare Rd   James Island, SC 29412

James Island

$295,000

8.10 acres 150x980x120x985 plus 4.2 acres of marsh lot size

Listing courtesy of MyOceanRental and Sales

1756  Sol Legare   Charleston, SC 29412

Charleston

$829,000

8.00 acres

Listing courtesy of RE/MAX FullSail, LLC

2421  Sol Legare Road  Charleston, SC 29412

Charleston

$795,000

3.75 acres

Listing courtesy of Real Estate Advocates LC

1544  Oak Island Drive  Charleston, SC 29412

Oak Island  |  Charleston

$1,270,000

4 beds 3 baths 1 half bath 3,144 sqft

Listing courtesy of Crescent Homes Realty LLC

1544  Oak Island Drive  Charleston, SC 29412

Oak Island  |  Charleston

$690,000

0.39 acres

Listing courtesy of Dunes Properties of Chas Inc

Sol Legare Road  Charleston, SC 29412

Charleston

$310,000

3.04 acres

Listing courtesy of HH Real Estate & Mortgage

704 E Erie E Avenue  Folly Beach, SC 29439

Folly Beach  |  Folly Beach

$630,000

0.21 acres

Listing courtesy of Carolina One Real Estate

1579  E. Ashley Avenue  Folly Beach, SC 29439

Folly Beach  |  Folly Beach

$650,000

0.24 acres

Listing courtesy of Carolina One Real Estate

810 W Ashley   Folly Beach, SC 29439

Folly Beach  |  Folly Beach

$785,000

3 beds 2 baths 1,518 sqft

Listing courtesy of Fred Holland Realty

93  Mariners Cay Drive  Folly Beach, SC 29439

Mariners Cay  |  Folly Beach

$450,000

3 beds 2 baths 1,100 sqft

Listing courtesy of Keller Williams Realty Charleston West Ashley

1502 E Ashley Avenue Lot B Folly Beach, SC 29439

Folly Beach

$499,000

0.28 acres

Listing courtesy of Carolina One Real Estate

1502 E Ashley Avenue Lot A Folly Beach, SC 29439

Folly Beach

$850,000

0.50 acres

Listing courtesy of Carolina One Real Estate

1211  Tabby Drive  Folly Beach, SC 29439

Tabby Island  |  Folly Beach

$200,000

0.38 acres

Listing courtesy of Mary Ann Meyers Charleston Realty Inc.

East Huron Avenue  Folly Beach, SC 29439

Folly Beach

$165,000

0.24 acres

Listing courtesy of A House in the South Realty

East Huron Avenue  Folly Beach, SC 29439

Folly Beach

$165,000

0.24 acres

Listing courtesy of A House in the South Realty

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