We briefly touched on Folly Beach in our moving to James Island guide, but today we’re going to take a closer look at moving to “the Edge of America”.


Folly is, of course, one of our most well-known attractions in the Lowcountry.  If you’ve ever visited Folly Beach on vacation, you can clearly understand why. 


After turning 50 years old a few years ago Folly’s low-key, relaxed experience draws thousands here each year – and many decide to make it their permanent home after their visit. 


About Folly Beach


Folly Beach’s history dates back to the late 1600’s and has developed into one of the best known beach communities on the eastern seaboard. 


Originally a land grant from King William III to William Rivers, Folly’s early inhabitants ranged from the Bohicket tribe to “accidental” tourists – ones that washed ashore after several shipwrecks off the coast. 


As with many areas of the Lowcountry, Folly remained relatively quiet up until the 1940s, 50s and 60s when the foundation of what Folly would eventually become known for was developed.  


From those humble origins, today Folly is very much a “second home” to many of the Lowcountry’s area residents.


If you want to learn more about Folly’s rich history, check out Folly Beach, A Brief History, by Folly native Gretchen Stringer Robinson, which will fill you in on some of this great corner of the Lowcountry’s highlights.


Places To Live On Folly Beach


Folly Beach – for all of the reasons mentioned above — is a highly sought-after place for those looking to live there permanently. 


While many of Folly’s properties are used as vacation rentals, over 2000 local residents call this small island home today. 


The island is just under 20 square miles but is home to a healthy number of living areas including:


Sunset Point

Turn of River

Ocean Point Villas

Turtle Bay

Waters Edge

Folly Beach Suites


Here is a more comprehensive look at some of the different living areas of Folly Beach.

Moving To Folly Beach 


Once you’ve settled on making Folly your home this year and have found a place to live there, it’s time to start planning your move.


To help get you started, here are some tips before heading to the beach. 


Plan Ahead To Avoid Headaches (And Stress)


“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail” is a quote that you can refer back to for many applications, and one you can especially apply to moving. 


We have plenty of packing guides & recommended timelines here in our blog to help you get started, but making a plan for your move will help reduce anxiety (for both your family and your moving team). 


Keep Beach Season In Mind


Peak moving season runs up against Folly’s peak season of June, July and August, so keep that in mind if you decide to move there during the summer months.


Expect higher than usual crowds and traffic — and plan accordingly (or avoid the summer months if you want to move in the “off-season”). 


Hire Lowcountry Local Movers


A little knowledge can go a long way, especially when it comes to moving.  Local movers know the ins-and-outs of each of the Lowcountry’s unique areas so they can provide even more insights compared to other moving options. 


Folly Beach is one of our favorite spots in the Lowcountry – we hope you find living there as much fun and relaxing as we find it. 


And if you need help getting to the Edge of America — we’re here to help make your move, a Smooth Move.