Ten miles from downtown, you’ll find Sullivan’s Island. The area inspired Edgar Allan Poe to write his short story “The Gold Bug” while stationed at Fort Moultrie. The quaint, residential neighborhoods that form the island are quiet, safe places where the pace of life is slow and the quality of life is high. This classic, tight-knit Charleston community is popular for young families and retirees alike.
The main road of Sullivan’s Island is filled with restaurants, pubs, pro-shops and is often crowded—especially during the summer months—with an eclectic mix of locals and visitors. Sunbathers, fisherman, crabbers, and families vacation on the island, benefitting from the sparkling, white-sand beaches and lively downtown area.
At the southern end of the island, history abounds; Fort Moultrie, now a national monument, repelled the British fleet in 1776. Stella Maris Church and Sullivan’s Island Lighthouse are also located at this end of the island. Here you’ll find a combination of newer buildings and older, historic structures. The northern end of the island is more luxurious and subdued, with a mixture of waterfront mansions and beach cottages.
For those with children, Sullivan’s Island Elementary School is highly regarded and is located right on the beach.
Only a matter of minutes from all that Mount Pleasant has to offer, Sullivan’s Island is ideal for those who want to live an island lifestyle with easy access to city amenities.