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Elegant Euro-style Oceanfront flat in Pier block-Walk to pubs, eateries & shoppi

Sleeps6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms3
Space 1,350 sq. ft.
Property type condo
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

Overview

About the property

Highend, Charming 3 BR/3BA--Oceanfront Condo-Int'l Decor-Tigerwood floors/quartz

Put your toes in the sand and watch dolphins from your balcony at "Dream of the Dolphin", a delightful, stylish and completely renovated (April 2015) International flavored 3 Bedroom/3 Bath ocean-front condo beckons you to hear the waves crashing and still walk to town center or down the Folly Pier to the Pavillion to fish or just look at the dolphins which abound there.

Located directly on the beach, and less than a block from the Folly Beach Pavilion Pier and the heart of downtown Folly Beach (but far enough away not to hear it)! It rents SUNDAY TO SUNDAY JUNE 1-AUGUST 23 in high season (less traffic and better cleaning). Long weekends available the rest of the year, and longer term during winter at extremely discounted rates.

Your toes will be in the sand immediately once you cross over at the private crossover just below your balcony (see pic of hawk on walkway), thru the dune grass, past the new dune fences -- right into the sea. If you like you can saunter next door to the iconic Folly Beach Pier (front and center views from living area and MBR)—or even fish there or right in the surf.

July 4 and Labor Day fireworks take place directly in front of your spacious balcony near the Pier, famous since the 1940’s, where you can take pictures, fish or just enjoy taking the air and counting dolphins directly over the sea.

This tranquil and stylish flat (1 of only 6 units in this special building) was completely renovated top-to-bottom in spring 2015 by the new owner, including all new exotic Tigerwood hardwood floors throughout (but for tile in kitchen and baths), quartz countertops and antique stone walls in kitchen, and granite and stone bath countertops throughout.

Warm ambiance created by golden, streaked tigerwood floors and eclectic international and natural art impart the holiday glow you are looking for. Every light and sink fixture, door knob and furnishing--put in place since Feb 1, 2015 -- along with all new paint thruout in au courant seaside colors completes a transformation to the perfect seaside retreat, yet, with party central only a block away.

All new furnishings (though some are antiques, like the Chinois armoire in the MBR), include custom made down and feather filled couch, rattan and wicker empire style armchairs, charming rubbed black DR set and coffee table, new bedroom furniture throughout, not to mention a bevel-legged writing desk directly overlooking the ocean through the sliders in the MBR—perfect for your computer and writing needs (hardwire Internet available at desk; WIFI thruout) .

We have been told by more than one realtor (and extensive research has confirmed) that this property is the only direct oceanfront condo rental in Folly Beach that has been transformed completely in top of the line fashion. Located in the heart of downtown Folly Beach, near the end of the first block east of Center St, with Bert’s famous market (and muffins) just two buildings away, yet secure from the party noise of restaurants and bars only a block away, this location is unequalled at any Charleston area beach.

So often, flats advertised as ocean front at other beaches in the Charleston area are found to be in fortresses well behind pools and extensive grounds, with just a glimpse of faraway water—in this case you can hear the waves clearly at all time—its smack on the sea.

The Charleston area (voted by Conde Nast 4 years in a row as #1 city in the US to visit, and in 2012 and 2013 #1 in the WORLD) is perfect for a long weekend or weekly getaway with your family or group of friends (sleeps 6 adults in 2 Queen beds & a King (plus a rollaway single stashed in the guest BR closet could accommodate an extra child).

You don’t need to drive anywhere except downtown Charleston (less than 15-20 mins away) to see the historic sites and sample the famous cuisine and historic market area, since you can stroll to the Pavillion pier, beach, shops, eclectic grocery store, restaurants and Folly nightlife. If it weren’t for the designated parking spots (3 for this unit this year), you might forget where you parked.

Inside is a fully equipped gourmet kitchen, with all new appliances but for the stainless fridge ie, new stove, dishwasher, washer and dryer; fabulous rubbed black wood dining table/chairs and square coffee table, HUGE flat screen cable TV (with DVD) visible from thru-out LR, DR and kitchen, with additional flat screen TV’s in MBR and Queen BR.

The oversized MBR has King bed, Chinese armoire, writing desk and two red Chinese night stands (photographed and featured in Charleston Style magazine in a two page layout the day they were purchased), as well as a spacious wall-in closet with multiple furniture units.

Queen and twin BR’s are similarly furnished with stylish and unique furnishings. Of course, WIFI is included as well. And private outdoor shower for sandy beachgoers and a private beach crossover complete the scene.

Linens and towels are provided, and so are beach chairs, but don’t forget your beach towels.

The best of what Folly has to offer beckons at your doorstep. Whether it’s lounging on the beach counting the ocean dolphins, strolling the beach for miles each direction, fishing or crabbing from the pier, kayaking with dolphins in the nearby tidal river (more dolphins live in tidal creeks here than anywhere else in North America and they stay here year round, not migrating like most dolphin populations --(check out Flipper Finders for kayak rentals and guided tours), boogie boarding or paddle boarding, or just browsing the colorful shops and people-watching at your choice of outdoor restaurants and watering holes, you are never far from home.

And in 20 minutes you can be in downtown Charleston, taking a horse-drawn carriage ride in the historical area and Battery, embarking on a boat tour of Fort Sumpter and the Battery, shopping the famous covered outdoor market (3-4 blocks worth-- NOT to be missed), and trying the famous cuisine that helped make Charleston Conde Nast 'Traveler' magazine's No 1 city to visit IN THE WORLD for 2 years in a row !

You can eat out or stay in; the kitchen is well equipped with everything you need to cook meals at home and a new electric barbeque on the balcony. A brand new Harris Teeter grocery was installed just a year ago on Folly Road, just as you enter the general Folly area, and Bert’s is a short block away for quick fixes and home made muffins etc.

Restaurants to fit every taste and style are at your fingertips, ranging from the elegant Blu at the Tides, overlooking the Atlantic (tapas along with unusual variety of entrees) to the famed Lost Dog Café for breakfast/brunch, to myriad seafood and crab houses, multiple restaurants and bars with live music, roofbars, Mexican (Taco Boy !!), sushi— to the gritty (but famous) Bowen’s Island for sunsets and freshly caught seafood/oysters--you name it-- all are within blocks from your nest.

All of this across the street and up a short block from the most happening beach in SC.

A stay in this serene retreat is a rare combination of nature tranquility (and excitement) and making the social scene in two very different venues within 20 minutes of each other-- iconic Folly Beach and historical Charleston. All surrounded by furnishings carefully picked to enhance the experience.

Please call Jennifer at 202-365-0408 with any questions.

More Details

Owner
Jennifer Kemp
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english, turkish
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
90%
Calendar last updated:
May 21, 2017

About Jennifer Kemp

We live in historical downtown Charleston and we both spent 15 years or more in the Washington DC area before moving to Charleston in 2006. Aydin worked in aerospace on satellites and Jennifer is a retiring lawyer and legal headhunter/recruiter.

We purchased the “Dream of the Dolphin” for our own use and furnished it accordingly, but are sharing it with those who want to appreciate the fully blown oceanfront experience in a tranquil setting.

Jennifer Kemp purchased this condo in 2014

Why Jennifer Kemp chose Charleston Area

We re-created this property lovingly and carefully to suit our own time there and transformed it to create an environment suitable to serve as a base to enjoy both oceanfront nature at its best, and also sophisticated historical touring and dining.

There are few places ANYWHERE in the world near a highly desirable city where you can walk directly onto a wide sandy beach with warm water (80-85 degrees in high season and swimmable from late April thru early Nov (70's sea temp) AND be in the middle of the action with walking access to dozens of restaurants, trendy and funky shopping, watering holes and live music, all without getting into a car ! Only a few blocks away the Folly River with its tidal wildlife and dolphin watching opportunities AND a few miles from one of the top historical sites in the world -- Charleston ! Best of all the worlds ! We enjoy sharing this lovely retreat with select guests and welcome you.

What makes this condo unique

This property has been lovingly and carefully transformed to create an environment suitable to serve as a base to enjoy both oceanfront nature at its best, and also sophisticated historical touring and dining.

There are few places ANYWHERE in the world near a highly desirable city where you can walk directly onto a wide sandy beach with warm water (85+degrees in high season !) AND be in the middle of the action with walking access to dozens of restaurants, trendy and funky shopping, watering holes and live music, all without getting into a car ! Only a few blocks away the Folly River with its tidal wildlife and dolphin watching opportunitiies AND a few miles from one of the top historical sites in the world -- Charleston ! Best of all the worlds !

Guestbook comments from the owner

You have a gorgeous home here. We felt very blessed to stay in this cozy "home away from home" overlooking the sea. Thank you so much for all your kind and hospitable amenities. My husband and I hope to return again one day !
Dec 2016
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Amenities

Folly Beach Condo Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • condo
  • floor 1
Building Type:
  • building
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1350 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Elevator ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 7 people
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , jetted tub , outdoor shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , also one foldup twin bed with mattress (in mbr closet)
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
Entertainment:
  • DVD Player ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
Suitability:
  • wheelchair accessible
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • shelling
  • sight seeing
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing

Reviews

Exceptional! 5/5 -
(9 traveler reviews)

Elegant Euro-style Oceanfront flat in Pier block-Walk to pubs, eateries & shoppi
average rating of 5.0 based on 18 reviews
5

We will be back!

  • 5 of 5

Maybe you will be like my husband and not enjoy being close enough to walk and eat out every meal!!

If you are like me and just looking to kick back and enjoy beach life, this unit is for you. Everything is just as pretty and clean as the pictures portray. The owner was pleasant and responded promptly. Just do me a favor and don't book the week we want. (After four years of hopping from rental unit to rental unit, we have found our forever vacation get-away.). Oh! One more thing, please don't tell my husband that the kitchen is fully equipped.

  • Submitted: Sep 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Folly Beach Rental

  • 5 of 5

Great family vacation spot and short walking distance to shops, rentals, pier/fishing, restaurants and most importantly just steps from the beach!!! Our family of four was very comfortable. Charleston is an easy and short drive. This home has everything you could need, is well maintained and clean and is as promised in the writeup. We spent most of the week on the comfortable, well furnished and shaded porch. Reserved parking for the unit made coming and going very easy. The owner is very helpful and prompt in responding to any questions. Can't wait to make it back to Folly Beach!!!

  • Submitted: Aug 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Deborah

  • 5 of 5

Our first visit to Folly and what an extraordinary experience, thanks to our lovely condo, "Dream of the Dolphin"! Everything was perfectly portrayed in the description and we were so grateful for a stress free week at Folly Beach. The location could not be better, right on the beach and convenient to every possible interest or need. The parking spaces are perfect and right next to the elevator. Loved the outdoor shower location. The condo layout was exactly what we needed for our family, allowing so much privacy and quiet. The furnishings are lovely and so comfortable. And the porch is huge and so much fun for all. Every single thing that anyone could need is provided. We were thrilled and delighted and look forward to our return.

  • Submitted: Jun 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Deborah, for the thoughtful comments on the Dream of the Dolphin ! It's good to know that people like you appreciate the personal touches that we put in-- in part because we look forward to being there ourselves and its our dream beach house. We look forward to having you back again ! Again, thanks for taking the time.
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Excellent vacation spot!

  • 5 of 5

Our family loved the beautiful accommodations which are most comfortable and roomy, in addition to being in a very convenient location on Folly Beach to walk to the Folly businesses. The owner provided top-notch customer service and is very helpful and prompt in answering questions. It was easy to drive to Charleston, as well. Our family hopes to return soon!!

  • Submitted: May 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much Bill--you were great to deal with as well, and glad it lived up to your expectations. Looking forward to seeing you again!
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Fantastic times on Folly

  • 5 of 5

We had the most wonderful stay at this beautiful condo! We enjoyed coffee on the deck every morning as the sun came up. The weather was a little unseasonably chilly but Folly is full of so much beauty and fun, we always had something to do. On our first morning, we walked out onto the pier and saw dolphins. This condo is very conveniently located close enough to the downtown area that you can easily walk to but enough removed that you don't hear the late night crowd. Everything we could have needed was here. As our visit was over Thanksgiving, we ended up having a turkey catered but we made some traditional sides and the kitchen is completely stocked with very nice cookware and other kitchen utensils. The drive into downtown Charleston is only about 20 minutes as well. This was the perfect place to stay! Thank you for sharing your beautiful place!

  • Submitted: Dec 7, 2015
  • Stayed: Nov 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much Kelsey, for your detailed and delightful review. Off-season has its own charms --that's for sure-- and I'm so glad you were able to enjoy them--especially the Dolphins who are there year-round, unlike many other places on the East Coast. We hope to see you again someday. Thank you for taking the time.
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Folly Beach Rental

  • 5 of 5

we had a beautiful week at the beach. It was very relaxing and the unit was beautiful. We too enjoyed the porch for coffee all through the day until cocktails at night.

  • Submitted: Jun 1, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Folly Beach Condo Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
USD
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
Island Spring
May 1 2017 - Jun 3 2017
4 night minimum stay
$420
$2,565
 
 
Summertime
Jun 4 2017 - Aug 12 2017
7 night minimum stay
$2,995
 
 
Indian Summer
Aug 21 2017 - Oct 7 2017
4 night minimum stay
$420
$2,565
 
 
Autumn Tides
Oct 8 2017 - Nov 21 2017
3 night minimum stay
$350
$1,995
 
 
Thanksgiving
Nov 22 2017 - Nov 27 2017
4 night minimum stay
$350
$1,995
 
 
Winter Holidays
Dec 22 2017 - Jan 2 2018
4 night minimum stay
$350
$1,995
 
 
Winter Reflection
Jan 3 2018 - Mar 15 2018
3 night minimum stay
$295
$1,425
$2,998
 
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
$295
 

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning and Linens Fee $149 + Tax
Tax Rate 13.5%

Long term winter rentals are NOT TAXABLE-- inquire re: details.

All weekly rentals from June 1- August 23 run SUNDAY-SUNDAY, a choice made after years of rentals where clients have suggested it gives a full weekend for guests who cannot stay a full week and gives more travel flexibility on the arrival side.

Reservations are made by the owner emailing a one page agreement plus directions and other details, which is signed by the guest and returned with personal checks. Half the full rental amount (including taxes) is sent immediately to hold the dates-- the remainder is due 30 days before arrival, along with separate checks for the cleaner and for the damage deposit.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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