Isle of Palms

Isle of Palms

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Isle of Palms Real Estate

A sophisticated, relaxed, and family-friendly beach town.
The Isle of Palms is a narrow barrier island located off the coast of South Carolina, approximately 25 miles from downtown Charleston. Residences here are set amidst palm and oak-lined streets and feature southern low country architecture with its distinctive stacked porches and large windows. There are also many pastel-hued coastal homes, particularly those located behind the sea oat-covered dunes of the Isle’s beaches. The Isle of Palms has a relaxed and sophisticated vibe and is a treasured oasis from the hustle and bustle of nearby Charleston. Residents are close enough to Charleston for easy access to fine dining and entertainment and an easy commute for those who work downtown. 
This beautiful, family-friendly island town offers its residents seven glorious miles of pristine beaches. Locals and visitors alike enjoy many outdoor recreational activities. Sun worshippers and beach lovers can enjoy long walks on the beach, sunbathing, swimming, beach volleyball, surf-fishing, and watersports. On the west-facing side of the island is the Intracoastal Waterway, which offers jet skiing, kayaking, paddle boarding, fishing, and boating. The two primary thoroughfares, Ocean Boulevard and Palm Boulevard run along the island's length. There are many wonderful bars, restaurants, shops, and entertainment venues along these two streets. On the southern end of the island, at the intersection of Ocean Blvd. and 14th Avenue, is the Isle of Palms County Park, a popular destination for picnics and beach volleyball. The fabulous Wild Dunes Resort and Wild Dunes Golf Courses are on the northern end of the island. Club membership provides members access to golf, tennis, swimming, and all the amenities the resort offers.

What to Love

  • Relaxed and sophisticated
  • Family-friendly
  • Seven miles of beautiful beaches
  • Many outdoor recreational activities

Local Lifestyle

Isle of Palms offers an idyllic beachside lifestyle. The neighborhoods are quiet and welcoming, and no matter where you live on the island, you’re never more than a short stroll from nearby beaches or the Intracoastal Waterway. Your mornings can begin with being greeted by the sun as it peeks over the horizon while you take a brisk walk on the beach. Perhaps you’ll stop by the Sea Biscuit Cafe for coffee and breakfast. Lazy afternoons can be spent sipping sweet tea on your front porch or relaxing on the beach. If you enjoy watersports, there’s always time for kayaking, boating, paddleboarding, and fishing. In the evenings, you can enjoy dinner and cocktails at a fine local restaurant and watch the sunset over the Intracoastal Waterway. 

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

The Isle of Palms is located only a short drive from Downtown Charleston, so residents never have to drive far for cultural events, fine dining, upscale shopping, and entertainment. The Isle also features many well-loved venues that have become popular hangouts for locals. Delicious fresh seafood and a fantastic view of the Intracoastal Waterway await at The Boathouse at Beach Inlet. For excellent Italian-inspired seafood and pasta, locals flock to the elegant Coda Del Pesce, which offers indoor and outdoor dining with great ocean views. 
For some of the best live music on the island, The Windjammer is the go-to establishment. The Windjammer is a restaurant, funky dive bar, a live music venue, and they also have beach volleyball courts!

Things to Do

Living in a beachside town like the Isle of Palms means having access to a plethora of recreational activities. Countless hours can be spent swimming, fishing, sunbathing, beachcombing, and relaxing. The Intracoastal Waterway on the back side of the island adds additional opportunities for fishing, boating, kayaking, and other watersports. Several businesses offer fishing charters and eco-tours. 
Isle of Palms County Park is a terrific spot for picnics, beach volleyball, and chair and umbrella rentals. The Isle of Palms Front Beach Festival is a highly-anticipated springtime event that features live music, arts & crafts, activities, and food vendors. Golf enthusiasts have access to the Wild Dunes Golf Course, which offers 36 holes of Tom Fazio-designed links.


Excellent public and private schools serve families on the Isle of Palms. 

Overview for Isle of Palms, SC

4,318 people live in Isle of Palms, where the median age is 51.7 and the average individual income is $100,579. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


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51.7 years

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Around Isle of Palms, SC

There's plenty to do around Isle of Palms, including shopping, dining, nightlife, parks, and more. Data provided by Walk Score and Yelp.

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Somewhat Bikeable
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Points of Interest

Explore popular things to do in the area, including Alchemist Beverage Company @ Six Mile Wine & Spirits., Bon Banh Mi, and White House Black Market.

Name Category Distance Reviews
Ratings by Yelp
Dining · $$ 4.36 miles 13 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining 4.51 miles 28 reviews 4.9/5 stars
Shopping 4.75 miles 6 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 3.81 miles 7 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 3.86 miles 5 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 4.82 miles 9 reviews 5/5 stars

Demographics and Employment Data for Isle of Palms, SC

Isle of Palms has 1,903 households, with an average household size of 2.27. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in Isle of Palms do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 4,318 people call Isle of Palms home. The population density is 973.42 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


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48.8 / 51.2%

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