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.