St Helena Island in South Carolina is a small coastal city, in other words, it has a population of about 10,000 people. However, it is still the largest Sea Island in the Beaufort area and the largest between Edisto Island and Hilton Head along the South Carolina coast, although actually an “inland” Sea Island which does not have Atlantic Ocean frontage. Instead, it is surrounded by extensive marshlands, particularly along the south-eastern side of the island.
St Helena Island SC accommodates numerous distinct communities but the two most established communities on the island are Frogmore and Lands End. Home to abundant farms and shrimp docks, St. Helena Island offers a vibrant glimpse into rural Low country – and it’s only five miles from Beaufort SC.
Frogmore is primarily rural but nevertheless still considered the island’s commercial centre thanks largely to the shrimping and fishing industries being important economic contributors. Frogmore was for many years the official name for St. Helena Island as a whole. Downtown Frogmore should not be missed when visiting this intriguing island with its alluring history. Colorful shops and famous restaurants featuring authentic local dishes are a treat with both locals and visitors. The name “Frogmore” remains on the National Register of Historic Places for an original plantation location now associated with the Penn School Historic District also known as “Penn Centre”. This historic district has its roots in the time of the American Civil War when a school for freed slaves, known locally as “Gullahs”, was opened in 1862.
Lands End, or “Fort Fremont” is a very small community on the southern tip of St Helena Island SC. This is also the home of Fort Fremont, a former military battery which helped to guard the entrance to the Beaufort River. The Lands End community is popular for its fishing and recreational opportunities thanks to vast and easy access to open water.
Absolutely gorgeous homes are for sale in this area! Spectacular marsh views coupled with a private deepwater dock in the $600,000’s. But the variation in price and house facilities is vast – perfect for all sorts of buyers, whether you are looking for that permanent waterfront home or perhaps wanting a hideaway vacation spot. Consider a characterful home only a few minutes’ walk to the water’s edge; with prices in the mid $100,000’s, it’s an absolute bargain!
St Helena Island SC, as a real estate option, requires savvy advice and a clear sense of what is available where! This is necessary, not only as a result of the physical size of the island, but also because of numerous smaller islands extending in various directions. These other, smaller communities are usually referred to by the road, point, or smaller island they are situated on, for example “Dulamo Road”, “Cedar Grove”, “Eddings Point” and “Coffin Point”.
The real difficulty usually occurs, though, as you begin trying to narrow down which section of water frontage you would like to own. Miles and miles of lifestyle and investment opportunities exist on all the main peninsulas which have waterways on both sides in the form of rivers, creeks or marshes. This level of decision making is best done with a local expert - someone who not only understands real estate, but also knows the waterways intimately. And that someone is at hand! Give Russ Fielden a call, and just see what a difference that call will make to your house-hunting experience.
For St Helena real estate listings go to this page St Helena Island Real Estate.