Splendidly isolated from the South Carolina mainland, life on this barrier island offers the perfect mix of proximity to Charleston and a carefree lifestyle.
The town was established after WWII as an affordable place for service families to live and build housing. And while some of the original homes still exist—at prices starting around $350,000—today, houses with a water view start at $1.7 million.
Most of the isle's pastel and pale-colored houses are new—damage from Hurricane Hugo required a majority of the island to rebuild. But residents say it takes more than a storm to shake their island lifestyle.
"Our doors are open—music is playing, surfboards are out. It's a dream," says resident Cortney Bishop.