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

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Charleston County School District

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West  10th Street D-17 Folly Beach, SC 29439

Sunset Cay Marina  |  Folly Beach

$63,000

0 sqft

Listing courtesy of Carolina One Real Estate Folly Beach

67  W We 10th Street B24 Folly Beach, SC 29439

Sunset Cay Marina  |  Folly Beach

$79,000

0 sqft

Listing courtesy of Keller Williams Realty Charleston

Sandbar Lane  Folly Beach, SC 29439

Folly Beach

$1,300,000

0.20 acres 8715 sq feet lot size

Listing courtesy of Carolina One Real Estate

2  Mcdonough Road F-5 Folly Beach, SC 29439

Mariners Cay  |  Folly Beach

$24,449

0 sqft

Listing courtesy of Fred Holland Realty

2395  Folly Road 2a Folly Beach, SC 29439

Turn of River  |  Folly Beach

$635,000

3 beds 3 baths 1,477 sqft

Listing courtesy of Vacasa SC LLC

268  Little Oak Island Drive  Folly Beach, SC 29439

Little Oak Island  |  Folly Beach

$3,480,400

4 beds 4 baths 1 half bath 3,164 sqft

Listing courtesy of Brand Name Real Estate

45 W Mariners Cay Drive  Folly Beach, SC 29439

Mariners Cay  |  Folly Beach

$510,000

2 beds 2 baths 1 half bath 1,340 sqft

Listing courtesy of The Boulevard Company, LLC

2395  Folly Road 4h Folly Beach, SC 29439

Turn of River  |  Folly Beach

$440,000

2 beds 1 baths 1,054 sqft

Listing courtesy of Elite Properties

619 E Erie Avenue  Folly Beach, SC 29439

Folly Beach

$1,475,000

3 beds 2 baths 2,000 sqft

Listing courtesy of Carolina One Real Estate

1984  Folly Road A112 Charleston, SC 29412

Pelican Pointe Villas  |  Charleston

$365,000

2 beds 2 baths 1,133 sqft

Listing courtesy of Century 21 Properties Plus

106 W Arctic Avenue 3-C Folly Beach, SC 29439

Pavilion Watch  |  Folly Beach

$1,150,000

3 beds 3 baths 1,352 sqft

Listing courtesy of Southeastern Management Group,

1576 E Ashley Avenue  Folly Beach, SC 29439

Folly Beach

$1,350,000

2 beds 1 baths 1 half bath 768 sqft

Listing courtesy of Dunes Properties of Chas Inc

1984  Folly Road A301 Charleston, SC 29412

Pelican Pointe Villas  |  Charleston

$389,900

2 beds 2 baths 1,291 sqft

Listing courtesy of Charleston Flat Fee Real Estate

1423  Battalion Drive  Charleston, SC 29412

Secessionville  |  Charleston

$875,000

3 beds 1 baths 1,587 sqft

Listing courtesy of The Boulevard Company, LLC

108 W 2nd Street  Folly Beach, SC 29439

Waters Edge  |  Folly Beach

$1,000,000

3 beds 3 baths 1,668 sqft

Listing courtesy of Carolina One Real Estate

81  Sandbar Lane 12 Folly Beach, SC 29439

Turtle Bay  |  Folly Beach

$995,000

3 beds 3 baths 1,532 sqft

Listing courtesy of Carolina One Real Estate

2262  Folly Road 2h Charleston, SC 29412

The Palmettos at Folly  |  Charleston

$375,000

2 beds 2 baths 768 sqft

Listing courtesy of Matt O'Neill Real Estate

68 W 9th Street B Folly Beach, SC 29439

Folly Beach

$2,250,000

3 beds 3 baths 1 half bath 2,309 sqft

Listing courtesy of Elaine Brabham and Associates

120  Howard Mary Drive B Charleston, SC 29412

Sable On The Marsh  |  Charleston

$600,000

3 beds 3 baths 1,664 sqft

Listing courtesy of AgentOwned Charleston Group

622 E Cooper Avenue  Folly Beach, SC 29439

Folly Beach  |  Folly Beach

$1,500,000

3 beds 2 baths 1,774 sqft

Listing courtesy of Carolina One Real Estate

1545  Oak Island Drive  Charleston, SC 29412

Oak Island  |  Charleston

$1,845,000

5 beds 4 baths 3,555 sqft

Listing courtesy of EXP Realty LLC

1012  Lighterman Way  Charleston, SC 29412

The Preserve at The Clam Farm  |  Charleston

$749,900

3 beds 2 baths 1 half bath 2,206 sqft

Listing courtesy of Realty One Group Coastal

406 W Cooper Avenue  Folly Beach, SC 29439

Sunset Point  |  Folly Beach

$1,300,000

3 beds 3 baths 2,486 sqft

Listing courtesy of Beach Residential

222 E Hudson Avenue  Folly Beach, SC 29439

Folly Beach  |  Folly Beach

$2,325,000

3 beds 1 baths 912 sqft

Listing courtesy of Real Estate Advocates LC

2315  Spearfish Circle  Charleston, SC 29412

Oak Island  |  Charleston

$1,195,000

3 beds 2 baths 1,860 sqft

Listing courtesy of Vacasa SC LLC

24 W 9th Street  Folly Beach, SC 29439

Folly Beach  |  Folly Beach

$3,350,000

4 beds 5 baths 1 half bath 4,500 sqft

Listing courtesy of Vacasa SC LLC

116 E Hudson Avenue  Folly Beach, SC 29439

Folly Beach

$1,725,000

4 beds 3 baths 1,745 sqft

Listing courtesy of Carolina One Real Estate

113 E Arctic Avenue B Folly Beach, SC 29439

Folly Beach

$5,686,200

4 beds 4 baths 1 half bath 3,159 sqft

Listing courtesy of Brand Name Real Estate

106 W Arctic Avenue 1-C Folly Beach, SC 29439

Pavilion Watch  |  Folly Beach

$1,100,000

3 beds 3 baths 1,352 sqft

Listing courtesy of Healthy Realty LLC

1694 E Ashley Avenue  Folly Beach, SC 29439

E Folly Bch Shores  |  Folly Beach

$1,590,000

2 beds 2 baths 1,464 sqft

Listing courtesy of Carolina One Real Estate Folly Beach

2007  Covey Lane  Charleston, SC 29412

Riverfront  |  Charleston

$399,000

3 beds 2 baths 1,076 sqft

Listing courtesy of Carolina One Real Estate

1632  Oak Island Drive  Charleston, SC 29412

Oak Island  |  Charleston

$919,000

3 beds 2 baths 1,826 sqft

Listing courtesy of The Boulevard Company, LLC

402 E Huron Avenue  Folly Beach, SC 29439

Folly Beach  |  Folly Beach

$3,200,000

4 beds 4 baths 1 half bath 3,816 sqft

Listing courtesy of Carolina One Real Estate Folly Beach

310  Shadow Race Lane  Folly Beach, SC 29439

Sunset Point  |  Folly Beach

$3,500,000

5 beds 5 baths 1 half bath 4,128 sqft

Listing courtesy of The Exchange Company, LLC

1410 E Ashley Avenue  Folly Beach, SC 29439

Folly Beach

$2,150,000

3 beds 3 baths 2,062 sqft

Listing courtesy of Dunes Properties of Chas Inc

212 E Hudson Avenue  Folly Beach, SC 29439

Folly Beach

$1,280,000

3 beds 2 baths 1,386 sqft

Listing courtesy of Dunes Properties of Chas Inc

1993  Wild Wing Lane  Charleston, SC 29412

Riverfront  |  Charleston

$429,900

3 beds 2 baths 1,728 sqft

Listing courtesy of Handsome Properties, Inc.

304 E Erie Avenue  Folly Beach, SC 29439

Folly Beach  |  Folly Beach

$2,600,000

5 beds 3 baths 2 half baths 3,046 sqft

Listing courtesy of Carolina One Real Estate

312 W Cooper Avenue  Folly Beach, SC 29439

Folly Beach  |  Folly Beach

$1,300,000

3 beds 2 baths 1,225 sqft

Listing courtesy of Vacasa SC LLC

136  Marsh View Villas   Folly Beach, SC 29439

Marshview Villas  |  Folly Beach

$525,000

2 beds 2 baths 1 half bath 1,300 sqft

Listing courtesy of Carolina One Real Estate

286  Little Oak Island Drive  Folly Beach, SC 29439

Little Oak Island  |  Folly Beach

$1,999,950

4 beds 3 baths 1 half bath 2,940 sqft

Listing courtesy of William Means Real Estate, LLC

2158  Mcneil Washington Road  Charleston, SC 29412

Charleston

$170,000

0.40 acres

Listing courtesy of Adler Wayman Real Estate

1699 E Ashley Avenue B Folly Beach, SC 29439

E Folly Bch Shores  |  Folly Beach

$2,990,000

5 beds 3 baths 1 half bath 2,812 sqft

Listing courtesy of Fred Holland Realty

Battery Island  |  Charleston

$499,000

2.50 acres

Listing courtesy of AgentOwned Preferred Group

1902  Bowens Island Road  Charleston, SC 29412

Bowen Island  |  Charleston

$1,050,000

0.63 acres

Listing courtesy of Dunes Properties of Chas Inc

1570 E Ashley Avenue  Folly Beach, SC 29439

Folly Beach

$3,829,900

5 beds 4 baths 2 half baths 3,395 sqft

Listing courtesy of Brand Name Real Estate

206 W Arctic Avenue  Folly Beach, SC 29439

Folly Beach  |  Folly Beach

$1,795,000

0.24 acres 70 by 149 lot size

Listing courtesy of Dunes Commercial Properties

1689 E Ashley Avenue  Folly Beach, SC 29439

Folly Beach  |  Folly Beach

$2,395,000

3 beds 2 baths 1,000 sqft

Listing courtesy of Dunes Commercial Properties

310 E Ashley Avenue  Folly Beach, SC 29439

Folly Beach

$1,300,000

3 beds 1 baths 882 sqft

Listing courtesy of Carolina One Real Estate

309 E Cooper Avenue  Folly Beach, SC 29439

Folly Beach

$1,300,000

2 beds 1 baths 829 sqft

Listing courtesy of Carolina One Real Estate

1007 W Ashley Avenue  Folly Beach, SC 29439

Folly Beach  |  Folly Beach

$2,749,000

3 beds 3 baths 1,812 sqft

Listing courtesy of Horne Realty, LLC

1876  Arsburn Road  Charleston, SC 29412

Battery Island  |  Charleston

$169,000

0.42 acres 149X 126 lot size

Listing courtesy of Adler Wayman Real Estate

306 W Hudson Avenue  Folly Beach, SC 29439

Sunset Point  |  Folly Beach

$1,499,999

3 beds 3 baths 1,850 sqft

Listing courtesy of Smith Group Real EState Corp

1677 E Ashley Avenue B Folly Beach, SC 29439

East Folly Beach Shores  |  Folly Beach

$2,000,000

4 beds 4 baths 1 half bath 3,676 sqft

Listing courtesy of Carolina One Real Estate

1677 E Ashley Avenue  Folly Beach, SC 29439

East Folly Beach Shores  |  Folly Beach

$2,000,000

5 beds 4 baths 2 half baths 3,709 sqft

Listing courtesy of Carolina One Real Estate

911 E Arctic   Folly Beach, SC 29439

Folly Beach  |  Folly Beach

$3,950,000

6 beds 4 baths 2,583 sqft

Listing courtesy of Fred Holland Realty

Folly Road  Charleston, SC 29412

Charleston

$240,000

0.50 acres .5 acres lot size

Listing courtesy of Dunes Properties of Chas Inc

610 E Ashley Avenue  Folly Beach, SC 29439

Folly Beach  |  Folly Beach

$1,400,000

3 beds 2 baths 1,560 sqft

Listing courtesy of Fred Holland Realty

Holland Island Creek   Charleston, SC 29412

Charleston

$495,000

1.04 acres

Listing courtesy of Carolina One Real Estate Folly Beach

112 E Indian East Avenue B Folly Beach, SC 29439

Folly Beach  |  Folly Beach

$2,600,000

4 beds 4 baths 1 half bath 1,950 sqft

Listing courtesy of Sweet Grass Real Estate, LLC

112 E Indian Avenue A Folly Beach, SC 29439

Folly Beach

$2,800,000

4 beds 4 baths 1 half bath 1,950 sqft

Listing courtesy of Sweet Grass Real Estate, LLC

2395  Folly Road 4a Folly Beach, SC 29439

Turn of River  |  Folly Beach

$765,900

3 beds 3 baths 1,477 sqft

Listing courtesy of Carolina One Real Estate

2035  Sol Legare Road  Charleston, SC 29412

Battery Island  |  Charleston

$1,600,000

23.03 acres

Listing courtesy of Ravenel Associates Real Estate. LLC

508 E Cooper Avenue  Folly Beach, SC 29439

Folly Beach

$3,500,000

8 beds 4 baths 3,870 sqft

Listing courtesy of Carolina One Real Estate Services

1965  Folly Road Road  Charleston, SC 29412

Charleston

$825,000

1.90 acres

Listing courtesy of Smith Group Real EState Corp

5  Center Street  Folly Beach, SC 29439

Pavillion Watch  |  Folly Beach

$1,700,000

0.22 acres

Listing courtesy of Southeastern Management Group,

1589  Oak Island Drive  Charleston, SC 29412

Oak Island  |  Charleston

$459,000

0.35 acres

Listing courtesy of A House in the South Realty

1579  E. Ashley Avenue  Folly Beach, SC 29439

Folly Beach  |  Folly Beach

$650,000

0.24 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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