Originally named Hunting Island and later Long Island, the Isle of Palms had no permanent inhabitants until the late 19th century when locals began to recognize the island as a refuge from the summer heat and tempo of Charleston.
The first home on Long Island was a summer getaway built by Nicholas Sottile in 1898. In 1899, J.S. Lawrence purchased the island and renamed it the Isle of Palms. Summer getaways are more practical than ever thru fractional ownership of an Isle of Palms SC fractional home. Click Here to View All Isle of Palms Fractional Home Listings!
A bridge link to the islands was established in 1946. At that time, developer J.C. Long of The Beach Company purchased most of the island. He provided low-cost housing to veterans returning from World War II, and the Isle of Palms slowly developed into a residential bedroom community of greater Charleston while still maintaining its charm, natural beauty and desirability as a summertime getaway.
One of the most famous resorts in the Low-country is located on Isle of Palms. Originally called the Isle of Palms Beach and Racquet Club, it was renamed Wild Dunes Beach and Racquet Club in 1984 and today is simply called Wild Dunes. With nationally recognized golf courses and other resort amenities, Wild Dunes has become a major vacation locale on the South Carolina coast. Isle of Palms fractional home listings are also available within the Wild Dunes.
In 1989, Hurricane Hugo destroyed many homes and businesses on the island, and in the years since, a number of large new beach homes have been built many of which are Isle of Palms fractional home offerings. In the business district, popular Palm Boulevard has recently undergone a facelift with more parking and palm trees.
In 1993, the new Isle of Palms Connector opened, connecting the island directly to Mount Pleasant near I-526 providing easy access to Charleston for Isle of Palms fractional home owners.