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Folly Beach, South Carolina

Folly Beach was not always the easygoing beach town it is today.

From the 1920s through the 1940s, carnival rides and big band leaders such as Glenn Miller and Tommy Dorsey attracted crowds to the island Folly Beach, South Carolina -  a beautiful photo taken at the beachnow known as “The Edge of America” from up and down the East Coast. By day, vacationers and visitors would lie in the sun and play in the warm waters of the Atlantic Ocean. By night they would dance to some of the huge names of music at the Atlantic Pavilion.

Folly Beach – known as Coffin Island before the War Between the States – also played a role in producing a great American folk opera. George Gershwin holed up in a bungalow at 708 West Arctic while composing “Porgy and Bess,” which was first performed in 1935. He also reportedly judged a local beauty contest while in town.

Today, the island’s life revolves more around the beach and ocean than the arts. The Folly Beach Pier, built in 1995, draws anglers from around the world, and the Washout, on the northeastern end of the six-mile-long island, is the premier surfing site in the Southeast. The island also features a full service marina and boat landing.

Despite stories to the contrary, the island was not named in honor of a monumental mistake. During the Civil War, Union troops advancing on Charleston gave the island its name because they spent weeks clearing the dense folly brush that engulfed the island and provided cover for Confederate spotters. The name Folly certainly was an improvement.

Just eight miles south of downtown Charleston, about a 15-minute drive, Folly Beach is ideal for those who enjoy the sun and surf in a laid-back environment that isn’t far from the dining options and entertainment offered in the more “civilized” world.

Properties for Sale in Folly Beach, SC

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$1,895,000 • Active • 3490 sqft
316 Arctic, Folly Beach, SC 29439
Beds: 4 Baths: 4 Full, 0 Half
Listing Office: Dunes Properties of Chas Inc
MLS# 19009798


$1,758,000 • Active • 3863 sqft
420 Cooper, Folly Beach, SC 29439
Beds: 5 Baths: 4 Full, 0 Half
Listing Office: Luxury Simplified Real Estate, INC
MLS# 20002047


$1,450,000 • Active • 2976 sqft
125 Ashley, Folly Beach, SC 29439
Beds: 5 Baths: 5 Full, 0 Half
Listing Office: Carolina One Real Estate
MLS# 19018669


$1,370,000 • Active • 3261 sqft
406 Ashley, Folly Beach, SC 29439
Beds: 4 Baths: 3 Full, 2 Half
Listing Office: Luxury Simplified Real Estate, INC
MLS# 20004549


$1,350,000 • Active • 2036 sqft
1009 Ashley, Folly Beach, SC 29439
Beds: 4 Baths: 2 Full, 0 Half
Listing Office: Dunes Properties of Chas Inc
MLS# 18024488


$1,350,000 • Active • 4188 sqft
1016 Arctic, Folly Beach, SC 29439
Beds: 9 Baths: 4 Full, 0 Half
Listing Office: Applegate Real Estate
MLS# 19015466


$1,300,000 • Active • 3617 sqft
1681 Ashley A, Folly Beach, SC 29439
Beds: 4 Baths: 4 Full, 2 Half
Listing Office: Fred Holland Realty
MLS# 18003535


$1,300,000 • Active Contingent • 2279 sqft
708 Ashley, Folly Beach, SC 29439
Beds: 4 Baths: 3 Full, 1 Half
Listing Office: Carolina One Real Estate
MLS# 19032486


$1,245,000 • Active • 2944 sqft
405 Indian, Folly Beach, SC 29439
Beds: 5 Baths: 4 Full, 1 Half
Listing Office: Carolina One Real Estate
MLS# 19029850


$1,200,000 • Active • 2211 sqft
1681 Ashley B, Folly Beach, SC 29439
Beds: 4 Baths: 3 Full, 1 Half
Listing Office: Fred Holland Realty
MLS# 18003467


$1,195,000 • Active • 3542 sqft
616 Erie, Folly Beach, SC 29439
Beds: 5 Baths: 4 Full, 1 Half
Listing Office: Avocet Properties
MLS# 19033622


$1,069,000 • Active • 1620 sqft
201 Arctic, Folly Beach, SC 29439
Beds: 4 Baths: 3 Full, 0 Half
Listing Office: Dunes Properties of Chas Inc
MLS# 19019067


$995,000 • Active • 1350 sqft
1508 Forrest, Folly Beach, SC 29439
Beds: 4 Baths: 3 Full, 0 Half
Listing Office: ERA Wilder Realty, Inc
MLS# 19032590


$959,500 • Active • 1620 sqft
201 Artic, Folly Beach, SC 29439
Beds: 4 Baths: 3 Full, 0 Half
Listing Office: Southern Visions Realty Inc.
MLS# 20002787


$945,000 • Active • 2535 sqft
1701 Ashley, Folly Beach, SC 29439
Beds: 5 Baths: 4 Full, 0 Half
Listing Office: Handsome Properties, Inc.
MLS# 19017916


$945,000 • Active Contingent • 2764 sqft
112 Hudson, Folly Beach, SC 29439
Beds: 4 Baths: 2 Full, 1 Half
Listing Office: Avocet Properties
MLS# 19033573


$902,500 • Active • 1770 sqft
206 E Arctic, Folly Beach, SC 29439
Beds: 4 Baths: 2 Full, 0 Half
Listing Office: Fred Holland Realty
MLS# 17012633


$899,000 • Active • 1305 sqft
201 Arctic, Folly Beach, SC 29439
Beds: 3 Baths: 3 Full, 0 Half
Listing Office: Dunes Properties of Chas Inc
MLS# 19017456


$875,000 • Active Contingent • 1305 sqft
201 Arctic, Folly Beach, SC 29439
Beds: 3 Baths: 3 Full, 0 Half
Listing Office: Fred Holland Realty
MLS# 19017216


$874,900 • Active Contingent • 1423 sqft
1512 Forrest, Folly Beach, SC 29439
Beds: 3 Baths: 3 Full, 0 Half
Listing Office:
MLS# 19033975


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