Sullivans Island Real Estate
A beautiful island with a past steeped in history, Sullivan’s Island is an eclectic mix of the old fashioned beach homes, modern beach homes, and luxurious estates. The historic and beautiful Ben Sawyer drawbridge takes you over to Sullivan's Island from Mount Pleasant. Don't let its close 7 mile proximity to the big city of Charleston fool you, this island paradise is no commercial mecca. The commercial district consists of one block of buildings. Sullivan's Island beckons to the residential minded buyer. Its richness of Colonial and Civil War history make it a history buff's dream vacation or residential location.
Sullivan’s Island bears the name of Captain Florence O’Sullivan, captain of one of the first ships bringing English and Irish settlers to establish Charleston in 1670. Later O'Sullivan became the island’s lighthouse keeper. Sullivan's Island was the accepting port for over 40% of the slaves traded to British North American Colonies, making it the largest slave port in North America. The Civil War had its fair share of history here, including the wrecks of the blockade runners Flora, Beatrice, Stono, Flamingo, Prince Albert, Celt, and Raccoon.
On June 28, 1776, The Battle of Sullivan's Island saw British forces defeated with their cannon having no effect whatsoever on the sand-filled palmetto log walls of the colonial fort there. During the battle, a dark blue flag with a crescent moon bearing the word "liberty" flew over the fort and rallied the troops. That flag went on to become symbolic of liberty to the new nation as a whole, and the addition of a white palmetto tree to its design formed the first flag of South Carolina.
Fort Moultrie's most famous alumni was Edgar Allen Poe, who was stationed there from 1827 to 1828. Poe used the island as a setting in "The Gold-Bug" and "The Balloon-Hoax". Other literary connections to Sullivan's Island include the novel "Sullivan's Island" by Dorothea Benton Frank, and two novels by Pat Conroy; "Beach Music" and "The Boo".
Real estate on the island is large and exclusive with prices ranging from $500,000 to $4 million. If a beautiful island estate is in your sights, then set THEM on Sullivan's Island! For more information see Sullivan's Island Homes on the Charleston Expert Advisors' website.