Just across Breach Inlet from Sullivan’s Island, the Isle of Palms (or IoP as locals call it) offers a similarly relaxed and welcoming beach vibe. While the Isle of Palms is predominantly residential, it does feature a number of restaurants, bars, stores and businesses in its larger commercial district, as well as a few hotels, a marina and many vacation rental properties.
At the northern tip of the island, Wild Dunes Resort is an exclusive private community with two golf courses, a tennis facility and a convention pavilion. The Isle of Palms Connector crosses a breathtaking expanse of the Intracoastal Waterway to join the island with the northern part of Mount Pleasant and convenient access to Highway 17 and Interstate-526.
Dining on Isle of Palms
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IoP is located in the Charleston County School District. Most schools for students who live on the Isle of Palms are in nearby Sullivan’s Island and Mount Pleasant. We have partnered with GreatSchools.org to provide a complete listing of public and private schools.
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Homes and Builders
Originally developed in the 40s to attract WWII vets returning home the island is well established with a small town feel. Newer single-family homes are being built in place of “tear down” older homes with a mix with affordable, but spacious condos, allowing home buyers and renters with a wide range of budgets to live in this beach paradise.
2015 Population: 4,371
Median Home Price: $675,000
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Services and Utilities
City of Isle of Palms
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