About 30 minutes from downtown Charleston is Folly Beach, a favorite among area beachgoers and surfers. Home to a permanent residential community and some part-time residents, the area boasts delicious restaurants, beach and surf shops and a lively nightlife. The Edwin S. Taylor Pier stretches nearly 1,050 feet into the Atlantic Ocean and is popular among fishing enthusiasts. Area homes are eclectic with multimillion-dollar mansions and luxury condominiums closest to the ocean and smaller homes situated farther back from the waterfront. Residences date to the 1940s to 2000s. Each year, Folly Beach hosts some exciting events, such as a polar bear plunge to ring in the New Year, fishing tournaments and surfing competitions.