Elegant Euro-Style Oceanfront 3/3 Flat--Walk to Pubs, Cafes and Iconic Pier
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- Minimum stay:3-7 nights
- Property type:Condo
- Pets considered:No
- Wheel chair accessible:Yes
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.
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 walkway just below your balcony, 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.
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Member since: 2012
- On floor 1
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Minimum Age Limit For Renters:
- Children Welcome
Non Smoking Only:
very strictly enforced-- smoking only outside on the balcony. damage deposit forfeited if smoking is found to have been done inside-- owner is allergic to smoke and unit is marketed as non-smoking...moreless
- Pets Not Allowed
- Wheelchair Accessible
Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 6
Bathrooms: 3 Bathrooms
- Satellite / Cable
- Away From It All
- Sports & Activities
- Tourist Attractions
- Bird Watching
- Eco Tourism
- Paddle Boating
- Sight Seeing
- Wildlife Viewing
- Beach View
- Ocean View
Sports & Adventure Activities
- Deepsea Fishing
- Fly Fishing
- Jet Skiing
- Pier Fishing
- Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
- Sound/Bay Fishing
- Surf Fishing
- Dining Area
- Seating for 7 people
- Clothes Dryer:
- Iron & Board
- Linens Provided
- Living Room
- Towels Provided:
- Washing Machine:
- Coffee Maker:
- Dishes & Utensils:
- Outdoor Grill:
|Dates||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
Jan 3 - Mar 15, 2017
3 night min stay
Mar 16 - Apr 30, 2017
3 night min stay
May 1 - Jun 3, 2017
4 night min stay
Jun 4 - Aug 20, 2017
7 night min stay
Aug 21 - Sep 30, 2017
4 night min stay
My Standard Rate
3 night min stay
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:
Policy available by contacting owner when booking
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Year Purchased: 2014
About the owner: 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.
Why the Owner Chose Folly Beach, SC, USA:
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.
The Unique Benefits at this Condo:
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 !
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Coffee or cocktails-- intimate table with sweeping views of beach and pier
Light-filled living space flows-- great for guest gatherings, inside and out
outdoor dining with ocean view-- set high enough to see in all directions
Dining area with hurricane candle chandelier (seats 6 +)
festive beach scene right at your feet- your cozy flat is on the right-1st level
Master bath-- two sinks set in granite plus huge jacuzzi tub and separate shower
Bright gourmet kitchen-- enhanced by quartz and stone walls-nothing is missing !
Queen en suite bath-- with French flavor and stone counter
LR has beach views from 2 directions ! And hospitable coffee table to gather at
Living space is cozy and communal
Alfresco dining/cocktails for 4 at bar height for best views
Kayaking in ocean (or a few nearby Folly River-- Flipper Finders is great
Iconic Folly Beach pier beckons from your perch on the generous porch
Best seat on the deck reclines flat -- great for rainy or sunny days read/nap !
foyer entrance-- welcome to the beach !
Master BR with sliders to the balcony and writers desk with a view !
Count the dolphins from your desk ! wifi or hardwire to internet below
View of LR from kitchen bar--note Sileston & antique stone tile on kitchen walls
Queen BR includes handcarved Indonesian bedside chests, antique lamp table....
Twin BR has beachy, colorful ambiance
Your private crossover (for the 6 condos) below your balcony and points north
Relax in recliner for TV after a hard day at the beach....
Leaping dolphins seen from a boat tour-- kayak with them too in Folly River
Tranquillity and nurturing Mother Nature-- that's what you came for...
This listing was first published here in 2015.
Date last modified - Tuesday, November 29, 2016
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