The largest neighborhood on Folly Beach are the homes east of Center Street up to the washout. If you are driving on to the island and take a left from the Folly River Park all the way up to the Folly Pier, you entered the East Side neighborhood.
It is the widest part of the island, with Arctic Avenue sitting oceanfront, odd number homes on the beach, even number homes across the street. Then moving towards the Folly River, you have Ashley, Cooper, Erie, Hudson, Huron, and Indian Avenues, positioned alphabetically for easy reference. There are 13 blocks above Center Street and each Street is numbered forming a grid. For example, to find 510 Cooper avenue, you would travel past 5th Street and find it on the left, 3 blocks back from the ocean.
Homes towards the ocean are typically vacation rental homes, with permanent residences filling in the blocks back to the river. There are many styles of homes from vintage Folly cottages to larger new construction homes. Many homes on the Folly River have deep water access with docks and lifts. Seacrest Lane and Tabby Street are two unique cul-de-sac streets which have a quiet, off the beaten path feel and work well for a primary residence. Lots are uniform with a full folly lot measuring 70′ wide by 150′ deep. These lots have access from the street in front and the street behind. Only properties up to 2nd Street have city sewer, with the majority of this neighborhood requiring a septic system.
At the end of each numbered street there is a beach walkover, as well as public access at the mid-point of each block. At this time, mid-block access does not always reach the blocks behind the ocean, but opening these up island wide is a topic of discussion. The Folly Beach tennis court, basketball court, the Pirate Playground and dog park are on the 5th block East between Erie and Hudson Avenues.