‘Life Outside the Gate’ – Isle of Palms, SC

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What Atlantic coastal community is seven miles long, one mile wide, has six miles of family-friendly sandy beaches, was first inhabited by the Seewee Indians, and was once known as Long Island?

If you think it’s part of the greater New York City area (as in Long Island, NY) you’re incorrect. The answer is The Isle of Palms, a spectacular barrier island city 13 miles northeast of historic Charleston, South Carolina.

Thought to be at least 25,000 years old, the first permanent inhabitants didn’t arrive until 1906 when the first resort hotel was built. Following World War II, the island gradually developed into a residential community that to this day maintains its charm, natural beauty and desirability as a summertime getaway destination. The 1970’s saw real estate development increase as investors and vacationers alike wanted to capture their own piece of island paradise.


Here are some interesting statistics revealed in the 2010 Census —

  • Dwellings: 4,274
  • Population: 4,133
  • % of housing built since 1990: 44%
  • Owner-occupied units: 1,481 (35%)


The Isle of Palms (or as the locals call it, simply ‘IOP’) offers all the modern amenities you’d expect to find yet strives to maintain an eco-friendly environment to ensure the beauty and nature of the island can be enjoy by future generations.

The gated Wild Dunes Resort – with its two premier Tom Fazio-designed 18-hole golf courses, and numerous tennis courts and pools – is situated on 1,500 acres on the northern end of the island. There are, of course, many private residences and condominiums on the grounds; some often available on the rental market.

The offices of Wild Dunes Real Estate are physically located within the Wild Dunes Resort community. If you’re ever interested in the purchase, sale or rental of property on the Isle of Palms or anywhere else in the greater Charleston area, we hope you’ll keep us in mind.