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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Schools:

Charleston County School District

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1667 E Ashley Avenue  Folly Beach, SC 29439

Folly Beach

$2,349,900

5 beds 4 baths 2,363 sqft

Listing courtesy of Brand Name Real Estate

15  Red Sunset Lane  Folly Beach, SC 29439

Folly Beach

$2,895,000

6 beds 6 baths 2 half baths 4,580 sqft

Listing courtesy of Dunes Properties of Chas Inc

91  Mariners Cay Drive  Folly Beach, SC 29439

Mariners Cay  |  Folly Beach

$542,500

3 beds 2 baths 1,100 sqft

Listing courtesy of EXP Realty LLC

315 W Indian Avenue  Folly Beach, SC 29439

Sunset Point  |  Folly Beach

$1,995,000

8 beds 8 baths 3 half baths 6,039 sqft

Listing courtesy of ERA Wilder Realty

122 W Cooper Avenue  Folly Beach, SC 29439

Folly Beach

$600,000

0.12 acres

Listing courtesy of Sweet Grass Real Estate, LLC

112  Howard Mary Drive B Charleston, SC 29412

Sable On The Marsh  |  Charleston

$440,000

3 beds 3 baths 1,684 sqft

Listing courtesy of Carolina One Real Estate

2395  Folly Road 2b Folly Beach, SC 29439

Turn of River  |  Folly Beach

$579,500

3 beds 3 baths 1,477 sqft

Listing courtesy of Vacasa SC 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

292  Little Oak Island Drive  Folly Beach, SC 29439

Little Oak Island  |  Folly Beach

$1,800,000

4 beds 3 baths 2,718 sqft

Listing courtesy of Carolina One Real Estate

1106  Studdingsail Lane  Charleston, SC 29412

Charleston

$745,900

3 beds 3 baths 1 half bath 2,236 sqft

Listing courtesy of SM charleston Brokerage, LLC

2152  Mcneil Washington Road  Charleston, SC 29412

Sol Legare  |  Charleston

$129,000

0.39 acres 111 X 150 lot size

Listing courtesy of Adler Wayman Real Estate

1109  Studdingsail Lane  Charleston, SC 29412

Charleston

$742,900

4 beds 3 baths 1 half bath 2,236 sqft

Listing courtesy of SM charleston Brokerage, LLC

1102 E Ashley Avenue  Folly Beach, SC 29439

Folly Beach

$930,000

3 beds 3 baths 1,446 sqft

Listing courtesy of Brand Name Real Estate

201 W Arctic Avenue 106 Folly Beach, SC 29439

Charleston Oceanfront Villas  |  Folly Beach

$1,425,000

4 beds 3 baths 1,620 sqft

Listing courtesy of A House in the South Realty

309 W Ashley Avenue  Folly Beach, SC 29439

Folly Beach  |  Folly Beach

$4,500,000

5 beds 5 baths 1 half bath 4,192 sqft

Listing courtesy of Carolina One Real Estate

1876  Arsburn Road  Charleston, SC 29412

Charleston

$199,000

0.42 acres

Listing courtesy of Adler Wayman Real Estate

1872  Arsburn Road  Charleston, SC 29412

Charleston

$199,000

0.42 acres

Listing courtesy of Adler Wayman Real Estate

217 W Indian Avenue  Folly Beach, SC 29439

Folly Beach  |  Folly Beach

$1,250,000

4 beds 2 baths 1 half bath 2,776 sqft

Listing courtesy of Dunes Properties of Chas Inc

67 W We 10th Street A-4 Folly Beach, SC 29439

Sunset Cay Marina  |  Folly Beach

$49,000

0 sqft

Listing courtesy of Vacasa SC LLC

616 E Arctic Avenue  Folly Beach, SC 29439

Folly Beach

$1,900,000

4 beds 3 baths 1 half bath 3,600 sqft

Listing courtesy of Brand Name Real Estate

1678  Oak Island Drive  Charleston, SC 29412

Oak Island  |  Charleston

$1,450,000

4 beds 3 baths 2,379 sqft

Listing courtesy of Carolina One Real Estate

2363  Sol Legare Road  Charleston, SC 29412

Battery Island  |  Charleston

$390,000

0.50 acres

Listing courtesy of Sweet Grass Real Estate, LLC

1631  Wigeon Lane  Charleston, SC 29412

Riverfront  |  Charleston

$235,000

2 beds 2 baths 1,216 sqft

Listing courtesy of Matt O'Neill Real Estate

39  Mariners Cay Drive  Folly Beach, SC 29439

Mariners Cay  |  Folly Beach

$525,000

2 beds 2 baths 1 half bath 1,340 sqft

Listing courtesy of Dunes Properties of Chas Inc

1108 E Ashley Avenue  Folly Beach, SC 29439

Folly Beach

$750,000

0.24 acres

Listing courtesy of AgentOwned Charleston Group

1110 E Ashley Avenue  Folly Beach, SC 29439

Folly Beach

$750,000

0.24 acres

Listing courtesy of AgentOwned Charleston Group

2395  Folly Road 2g Folly Beach, SC 29439

Turn of River  |  Folly Beach

$570,000

3 beds 3 baths 1,477 sqft

Listing courtesy of My Ocean Rental LLC

2175  Roberts Road  Charleston, SC 29412

Charleston

$125,000

0.47 acres 251x85x250x77 lot size

Listing courtesy of Adler Wayman Real Estate

512 E Hudson Avenue  Folly Beach, SC 29439

Folly Beach  |  Folly Beach

$450,000

0.24 acres

Listing courtesy of The Brennaman Group

514 W Ashley Avenue  Folly Beach, SC 29439

Folly Beach  |  Folly Beach

$705,000

0.24 acres

Listing courtesy of The Brennaman Group

2139  Tides End Road  Charleston, SC 29412

Charleston

$719,000

3 beds 3 baths 1 half bath 2,236 sqft

Listing courtesy of SM charleston Brokerage, LLC

305  Shadow Race Lane  Folly Beach, SC 29439

Sunset Point  |  Folly Beach

$1,500,000

4 beds 3 baths 1 half bath 2,483 sqft

Listing courtesy of Vacasa SC LLC

201 W Arctic Avenue 208 Folly Beach, SC 29439

Charleston Oceanfront Villas  |  Folly Beach

$1,390,000

4 beds 3 baths 1,620 sqft

Listing courtesy of Dunes Properties of Chas Inc

Teal Marsh Road  Charleston, SC 29412

Needlegrass  |  Charleston

$150,000

11.55 acres

Listing courtesy of Rachel Urso Real Estate LLC

1965  Folly Road Road  Charleston, SC 29412

Charleston

$825,000

1.90 acres

Listing courtesy of Smith and Grant Real Estate Corp

2395  Folly Road 1d Folly Beach, SC 29439

Turn of River  |  Folly Beach

$562,500

3 beds 3 baths 1,477 sqft

Listing courtesy of Vacasa SC LLC

1653 E Ashley Avenue B Folly Beach, SC 29439

Folly Beach  |  Folly Beach

$2,049,000

4 beds 2 baths 1 half bath 2,160 sqft

Listing courtesy of Carolina One Real Estate

1984  Folly Road B313 Charleston, SC 29412

Pelican Pointe Villas  |  Charleston

$320,000

2 beds 2 baths 1,133 sqft

Listing courtesy of Charleston Real Estate Group

5  Center Street  Folly Beach, SC 29439

Pavillion Watch  |  Folly Beach

$1,700,000

0.22 acres

Listing courtesy of Southeastern Management Group,

22  Mariners Cay Drive  Folly Beach, SC 29439

Mariners Cay  |  Folly Beach

$435,000

2 beds 2 baths 1 half bath 1,340 sqft

Listing courtesy of Carolina One Real Estate

519 E Arctic   Folly Beach, SC 29439

Folly Beach  |  Folly Beach

$1,600,000

2 beds 2 baths 1,224 sqft

Listing courtesy of Fred Holland Realty

114 W Cooper Avenue  Folly Beach, SC 29439

Folly Beach

$2,295,000

4 beds 4 baths 2,900 sqft

Listing courtesy of Vacasa SC LLC

1589  Oak Island Drive  Charleston, SC 29412

Oak Island  |  Charleston

$539,000

0.35 acres

Listing courtesy of A House in the South Realty

218 E Huron   Folly Beach, SC 29439

Folly Beach  |  Folly Beach

$1,500,000

2 beds 2 baths 1,260 sqft

Listing courtesy of Fred Holland Realty

1617  Refuge Run   Charleston, SC 29412

Riverfront  |  Charleston

$255,000

2 beds 2 baths 1,056 sqft

Listing courtesy of Carolina Elite Real Estate

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

67 W 10th Street  A5 Folly Beach, SC 29439

Sunset Cay Marina  |  Folly Beach

$50,000

0 sqft

Listing courtesy of Keller Williams Realty Charleston

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

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

1984  Folly Road A209 Charleston, SC 29412

Pelican Pointe Villas  |  Charleston

$315,000

2 beds 2 baths 1,133 sqft

Listing courtesy of EXP Realty 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

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

1689 E Ashley Avenue  Folly Beach, SC 29439

E Folly Bch Shores  |  Folly Beach

$1,495,000

3 beds 2 baths 1,000 sqft

Listing courtesy of Vacasa SC 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

1675 E Ashley Avenue  Folly Beach, SC 29439

Folly Beach  |  Folly Beach

$1,700,000

3 beds 2 baths 1,050 sqft

Listing courtesy of Carolina One Real Estate

2319  Bluefish Circle  Charleston, SC 29412

Oak Island  |  Charleston

$1,285,000

5 beds 3 baths 3,641 sqft

Listing courtesy of Mary Ann Meyers Charleston Realty 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

$185,000

3.60 acres

Listing courtesy of Carolina One Real Estate

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

2  Mcdonough Road A-1 Folly Beach, SC 29439

Mariners Cay  |  Folly Beach

$53,000

0 sqft

Listing courtesy of Atlantic Edge 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

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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