The Pawleys Island area of South Carolina has been deemed an exclusive retreat since the 1700s.  In the colonial era, wealthy Plantation owners and their families would retreat to the tropical island to flee the hot, mosquito infested mainland marshes. Times have changed, but Pawleys Island has managed to keep its small town charm and family friendly atmosphere that makes this three mile stretch of the South Carolina Coastline, a slice of paradise. The speed limit doesn’t exceed 25 MPH and about half of the year round residents are over 65 years of age and the average annual income is approximately $90,000.

Pawleys Island offers a relaxed pace of life for its sparse year round residents, yet that same island tranquility, attracts affluent executives, physical scientists, architects and surgeons from around the world. With no high-rise hotels or condos to obscure the majestic views, this pristine stretch of the Atlantic Coast hosts rustic cottages, elegant second homes and a handful of bed and breakfast inns. This, however, has not prevented Pawleys Island from providing residents and visitors with an array of impressive dining and entertainment options.

The island offers a public family beach which is accessed at the southern tip of the white sand barrier. The northern beach hosts sand dunes that reach nearly 15-feet high, while the western estuary, created by the Waccamaw Neck, is filled with rich tidal pools. The gazebo-capped piers and landscaped garden at Pawleys Island Nature Park provide majestic snapshots of the island’s scenic beauty.

Pawleys Island real estate is diverse in its beauty, but shares a common luxury of plush green landscapes offered by the warm climate and the natural rivers and waterways. The golf courses are kept in tournament condition year round as well. The distinguishable culture provides a close sense of community that is unique, so many visitors find themselves moving to Pawleys Island permanently, or at the very least seasonally. Real estate properties in the area range from $150,000 for a charming cottage to $3.5 million for luxury, custom-built homes. From a financial perspective, Pawleys Island is desirable because of the scarcity of property that can ever be developed in this small, yet magical paradise.

Whether you desire to live oceanfront or if a fairway view on one of our beautiful golf courses  set upon the historic rice plantations, Pawleys Island will host a home that will not only fit your budget, but surely meet if not exceed your needs.

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