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Rockers on the Front Porch, Across the Street from the Beach

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,600 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 1 - 60 nights


About the property

Cottage, New pool, 3 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 2 Baths, (Sleeps 6-

WELCOME TO THE BEACH! It is finally time time to relax. Take it easy for a while. Comfort, ease, and convenience are yours.

PRIVATE POOL in the backyard oasis is a wonderful place to relax after a long day of sightseeing or "beaching."

This charming, elevated, beach cottage is one of the last original lowcountry elevated South Carolina beach cottages on the Isle of Palms. The house has been in our family since the early 1920s. It has seen a lot of history, including black-out curtains in World War II, a direct hit by Cat. 5 Hurricane Hugo in 1987, as well as hundreds of family vacations.

The house is across a small lane from the beach. It is only about a 3 minute walk through the sand dunes on a comfortable wide path to a nearly private beach. No commercial district. Very few people!

Enjoy the rocking chairs on a large front screened porch with partial ocean views. Go for a quiet walk on the nearly empty beach at night, watch the moon rise over the water, but try not to disturb the sea turtle nests.

Tongue-and-groove floors, walls, and ceiling were the traditional styles of beach construction in the early 1920s. We have updated the conveniences of the house while trying to maintain its original, laid-back character. There is plenty of sand, with toys, under the house for children to enjoy when they are not on the beach. There are bicycles for you to enjoy during your stay.

We are conveniently close to historic downtown Charleston with incredible shopping, wonderful world-class restaurants, challenging golf, and numerous other entertainment options.

Keywords: Elevated House, Pool

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Lex McGee
Member since: 2006
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within a few days
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Calendar last updated:
December 12, 2017

About Lex McGee

This house has been in my wife's family for four generations now. Originally

built in the early 1920. At that time, you came to the Isle of Palms on a ferry

across the harbor, then on a trolley than ran from Old Mt. Pleasant village across the marsh to Sullivan's Island and then onward across the Breech Inlet (H.L. Hunley confederate submarine fame) to the Isle of Palms. The house had 'black out curtains' on the front windows during WWII to prevent observation from German submarines that regularly patrolled the East coast.

My wife's family had regular homes in downtown Charleston and in Summerville, SC and moved to the island for the summer. We remember her grandmother saying that 'Honey, living in downtown Charleston before they invented that air conditioning machine was 'just almost intolerable.'


Isle of Palms Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1600 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 9
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Ocean View
  • Air Conditioning
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • Showers only
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , 1 sleep sofa /futon , twin sleeper in a small sitting area
    Den - 1 queen , This is a queen sleeper sofa
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles
  • Golf ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • sailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing


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Rockers on the Front Porch, Across the Street from the Beach
average rating of 4.857143 based on 7 reviews

Post Hurricane Irma

  • 4 of 5

Location is great. House is well supplied. Bikes were not in good condition, and the pool filter was not working for a couple of days.

The porch is one of the best things about this house.

  • Submitted: Oct 9, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Charming and comfortable

  • 5 of 5

Thanks for a wonderful family vacation!

  • Submitted: Oct 16, 2016
  • Stayed: October 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Our vacation was one of the best we've ever had. Except for the modern conveniences, it was not hard to romanticise the antebellum south. We immediately felt welcomed. Isle of Palms is beautiful and inviting. The rental was clean and well maintained. We could not have asked for better. Charlestion is exciting. There is so much to see and do; we could not take it all in within a week. The pool was a great retreat after a full day of touring. We highly recommend this beautiful rental and are already making plans to return next year.

  • Submitted: Oct 6, 2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Very relaxing

  • 5 of 5

My sister, neice, and cousin and I spent a week here, and found it very comfortable. It is old, and kind of worn, but so are we, so we fit right in.

The walk to the beach was just across the narrow street, and a 3 minute stroll down the path. We really enjoyed the private pool in the backyard. We especially appreciated the steps into the pool versus a ladder we would have to haul ourselves up !

We went to Boones Hall plantation, and found it informative, and interesting. We went to Charleston, and took a carriage ride, and we also found other things to do that I can't remember right now. I'm sure I'll remember when I see my pictures.

All in all, it's a great house and area, and we four old ladies had a great time.

Thank you...........Phyllis, Linda, Janet, and Gina

  • Submitted: Aug 20, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Location at an even greater price!

  • 5 of 5

We LOVED our stay in this little gem of a beach cottage. Rustic yet charming it was the perfect place to relax with my family for a no fuss beach vacation. The new pool is awesome, a little small, but so nice to have a non-beach option on hot or stormy afternoons. The "playground" under the house is chock-full or bikes, beach toys, and even swings. My 3-year old niece was in heaven. The beach it literally across the street and we had the place to ourselves for most of the week. We left our chairs, canopy, etc. up for the first few days with no worries about anyone coming by and messing with our stuff. Was so nice to only have to lug-out all the big stuff once :) Seriously, this is a true Isle of Palms gem.

  • Submitted: Oct 7, 2015
  • Stayed: September 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Perfect Spot!

  • 5 of 5

This home is just perfect. Steps to the beach and a private pool our toddler loved to play in! What a special vacation for our family. So cozy and comfortable, we would highly recommend this to anyone looking for a perfect place to stay in Isle of Palms. We used the provided beach cruisers to get around the little town, we also rented a golf cart, which was so much fun! The owners of this property were also so helpful and quick to respond to any questions we had. I could say nothing negative about this property or our experience while on vacation!

  • Submitted: Sep 24, 2015
  • Stayed: September 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $150
Tax Rate 14.0%

Fall/Winter Monthly rates DO NOT include utilities. Reimbursable to owner.
Security deposit is required for long term rentals.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 90 days before arrival date.