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

1606  Folly Creek Way  Charleston, SC 29412

Palmetto Pointe  |  Charleston

$749,000

3 beds 3 baths 1,886 sqft

Listing courtesy of The Boulevard Company, LLC

1707 E Ashley Avenue Share 13 Folly Beach, SC 29439

E Folly Bch Shores  |  Folly Beach

$130,000

4 beds 4 baths 2 half baths 2,640 sqft

Listing courtesy of Coldwell Banker Realty

201  Mariners Cay Drive  Folly Beach, SC 29439

Mariners Cay  |  Folly Beach

$325,000

1 beds 1 baths 842 sqft

Listing courtesy of Sweet Grass Real Estate, LLC

2129  Tides End Road  Charleston, SC 29412

The Preserve at The Clam Farm  |  Charleston

$770,000

4 beds 3 baths 1 half bath 2,745 sqft

Listing courtesy of Carolina One Real Estate

1649  Folly Creek Way E-6 Charleston, SC 29412

Palmetto Pointe  |  Charleston

$949,000

3 beds 3 baths 1,742 sqft

Listing courtesy of Fred Holland Realty

1984  Folly Road A313 Charleston, SC 29412

Pelican Pointe Villas  |  Charleston

$325,000

2 beds 2 baths 1,290 sqft

Listing courtesy of Carolina One Real Estate

123  Alder Circle  Charleston, SC 29412

Kings Flats  |  Charleston

$650,000

3 beds 2 baths 1 half bath 2,160 sqft

Listing courtesy of RE/MAX FullSail

121 E Arctic Avenue 2c Folly Beach, SC 29439

Folly Beach

$600,000

1 beds 1 baths 512 sqft

Listing courtesy of Brand Name Real Estate

216 W Arctic Avenue 7 Folly Beach, SC 29439

Seacoast Villas  |  Folly Beach

$975,000

3 beds 3 baths 1,452 sqft

Listing courtesy of My Ocean Rental LLC

67 W 10th Street  A5 Folly Beach, SC 29439

Sunset Cay Marina  |  Folly Beach

$75,000

0 sqft

Listing courtesy of Keller Williams Realty Charleston

56 W Mariners Cay Drive 56 Folly Beach, SC 29439

Mariners Cay  |  Folly Beach

$485,000

2 beds 2 baths 1 half bath 1,340 sqft

Listing courtesy of Vacasa SC LLC

1593 E Ashley Avenue  Folly Beach, SC 29439

Folly Beach

$2,100,000

3 beds 2 baths 1,383 sqft

Listing courtesy of Dunes Properties of Chas Inc

63  Mariners Cay Drive  Folly Beach, SC 29439

Mariners Cay  |  Folly Beach

$528,000

3 beds 2 baths 1,484 sqft

Listing courtesy of Keller Williams Realty Charleston West Ashley

10  Red Sunset Lane  Folly Beach, SC 29439

Folly Beach  |  Folly Beach

$1,895,000

4 beds 3 baths 1 half bath 2,816 sqft

Listing courtesy of Vacasa SC LLC

1984  Folly Road A205 Charleston, SC 29412

Pelican Pointe Villas  |  Charleston

$305,000

2 beds 2 baths 1,310 sqft

Listing courtesy of The Boulevard Company, LLC

412 W Ashley Avenue  Folly Beach, SC 29439

Folly Beach  |  Folly Beach

$900,000

0.24 acres

Listing courtesy of McConnell Real Estate Partners

122 E Arctic Avenue 3 Folly Beach, SC 29439

Folly Beach

$399,000

1 beds 1 baths 700 sqft

Listing courtesy of Carolina One Real Estate

50 W Mariners Cay Drive  Folly Beach, SC 29439

Mariners Cay  |  Folly Beach

$539,000

3 beds 2 baths 1,484 sqft

Listing courtesy of Dunes Properties of Chas Inc

207 E Cooper Avenue  Folly Beach, SC 29439

Folly Beach  |  Folly Beach

$935,000

3 beds 2 baths 1 half bath 1,260 sqft

Listing courtesy of Real Estate Advocates LC

1984  Folly Road A209 Charleston, SC 29412

Pelican Pointe Villas  |  Charleston

$325,000

2 beds 2 baths 1,133 sqft

Listing courtesy of EXP Realty LLC

1984  Folly Road B212 Charleston, SC 29412

Pelican Pointe Villas  |  Charleston

$310,000

2 beds 2 baths 1,133 sqft

Listing courtesy of J Hancock Real Estate

2395  Folly Road 1h Folly Beach, SC 29439

Turn of River  |  Folly Beach

$400,000

2 beds 1 baths 1,054 sqft

Listing courtesy of Twin Rivers Capital LLC

315 E Cooper Avenue  Folly Beach, SC 29439

Folly Beach

$2,100,000

7 beds 4 baths 1 half bath 3,011 sqft

Listing courtesy of The Boulevard Company, LLC

1685 E Ashley Avenue  Folly Beach, SC 29439

E Folly Bch Shores  |  Folly Beach

$999,999

4 beds 2 baths 1,968 sqft

Listing courtesy of Keller Williams Realty Charleston

2395  Folly Road 2h Folly Beach, SC 29439

Turn of River  |  Folly Beach

$359,000

2 beds 1 baths 1,054 sqft

Listing courtesy of The Cassina Group

67 W 10th Street E 28 Folly Beach, SC 29439

Sunset Cay Marina  |  Folly Beach

$75,000

0 sqft

Listing courtesy of ERA Wilder Realty

1984  Folly Road  A-106 Charleston, SC 29412

Pelican Pointe Villas  |  Charleston

$329,900

2 beds 2 baths 1,133 sqft

Listing courtesy of Carolina One Real Estate

1776  Sol Legare Road  Charleston, SC 29412

Sol Legare  |  Charleston

$365,000

3.40 acres

Listing courtesy of AgentOwned Charleston Group

124 W Mariners Cay Drive 124 Folly Beach, SC 29439

Marshview Villas  |  Folly Beach

$315,000

2 beds 2 baths 1,100 sqft

Listing courtesy of Dunes Properties of Chas Inc

205  Little Oak Island Drive  Folly Beach, SC 29439

Little Oak Island  |  Folly Beach

$249,000

1 beds 1 baths 842 sqft

Listing courtesy of The Exchange Company, LLC

1689 E Ashley Avenue  Folly Beach, SC 29439

E Folly Bch Shores  |  Folly Beach

$1,625,000

3 beds 2 baths 1,000 sqft

Listing courtesy of Vacasa SC LLC

613 W Ashley Avenue  Folly Beach, SC 29439

Folly Beach  |  Folly Beach

$2,875,000

3 beds 4 baths 2,912 sqft

Listing courtesy of Vacasa SC LLC

Sol Legare Road  Charleston, SC 29412

Sol Legare  |  Charleston

$100,000

0.20 acres

Listing courtesy of Carolina One Real Estate

2393  Folly Road 1d Folly Beach, SC 29439

Marsh Winds  |  Folly Beach

$450,000

3 beds 3 baths 1,392 sqft

Listing courtesy of ChuckTown Homes, LLC

67 W We 10th Street D-25 Folly Beach, SC 29439

Sunset Cay Marina  |  Folly Beach

$58,000

0 sqft

Listing courtesy of Vacasa SC LLC

67 W 10th Street C-10 Folly Beach, SC 29439

Sunset Cay Marina  |  Folly Beach

$102,000

0 sqft

Listing courtesy of Vacasa SC LLC

133  Howard Mary Drive B Charleston, SC 29412

Sable On The Marsh  |  Charleston

$425,000

3 beds 3 baths 1,609 sqft

Listing courtesy of Brand Name Real Estate

1675 E Ashley Avenue  Folly Beach, SC 29439

Folly Beach  |  Folly Beach

$1,800,000

3 beds 2 baths 1,050 sqft

Listing courtesy of Carolina One Real Estate

2158  Mcneil Washington Road  Charleston, SC 29412

Sol Legare  |  Charleston

$135,000

0.40 acres 157 X 111 lot size

Listing courtesy of Adler Realty, LLC

118 W Ashley Avenue  Folly Beach, SC 29439

Folly Beach  |  Folly Beach

$895,000

4 beds 2 baths 1 half bath 1,750 sqft

Listing courtesy of Carolina One Real Estate

1876  Arsburn Road  Charleston, SC 29412

Charleston

$199,000

0.42 acres 151' X 126'' lot size

Listing courtesy of Adler Realty, LLC

1872  Arsburn Road  Charleston, SC 29412

Charleston

$199,000

0.42 acres 126 X 151 lot size

Listing courtesy of Adler Realty, LLC

508 E Cooper Avenue  Folly Beach, SC 29439

Folly Beach

$3,900,000

8 beds 4 baths 3,870 sqft

Listing courtesy of Carolina One Real Estate Services

1876  Folly Road  Charleston, SC 29412

Charleston

$28,000

0.13 acres

Listing courtesy of BHHS Carolina Sun Real Estate

2319  Bluefish Circle  Charleston, SC 29412

Oak Island  |  Charleston

$1,285,000

5 beds 3 baths 3,544 sqft

Listing courtesy of Mary Ann Meyers Charleston Realty Inc.

206 W Arctic Avenue  Folly Beach, SC 29439

Folly Beach

$1,395,000

0.24 acres 70 X 150 lot size

Listing courtesy of Dunes Properties of Chas Inc

35 And 37 W W 9th Ext Street  Folly Beach, SC 29439

Folly Beach  |  Folly Beach

$1,499,000

0.98 acres

Listing courtesy of Vacasa SC LLC

Sol Legare Road  Charleston, SC 29412

Charleston

$195,000

3.60 acres

Listing courtesy of Carolina One Real Estate

2043  Sol Legare Road  Charleston, SC 29412

Charleston

$225,000

5.96 acres

Listing courtesy of Brand Name Real Estate

1008  Mariners Cay Drive  Folly Beach, SC 29439

Mariners Cay  |  Folly Beach

$880,000

3 beds 2 baths 1 half bath 2,150 sqft

Listing courtesy of Landcrafters Inc

Stono River   Charleston, SC 29412

Goat Island  |  Charleston

$276,000

0.81 acres

Listing courtesy of Carolina One Real Estate

1984  Folly Road A-314 Charleston, SC 29412

Pelican Pointe Villas  |  Charleston

$358,000

2 beds 2 baths 1,291 sqft

Listing courtesy of Coldwell Banker Realty

512 E Ashley  3 Folly Beach, SC 29439

Folly Beach  |  Folly Beach

$999,000

4 beds 3 baths 1 half bath 2,796 sqft

Listing courtesy of Fred Holland Realty

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

160  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

2  Mcdonough Road A-1 Folly Beach, SC 29439

Mariners Cay  |  Folly Beach

$53,000

0 sqft

Listing courtesy of Atlantic Edge Real Estate

1828  Sol Legare Rd   James Island, SC 29412

James Island

$299,000

8.10 acres 150x980x120x985 plus 4.2 acres of marsh lot size

Listing courtesy of My Ocean Rental LLC

1544  Oak Island Drive  Charleston, SC 29412

Oak Island  |  Charleston

$690,000

0.39 acres

Listing courtesy of Dunes Properties of Chas Inc

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

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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