Paul Lauer

Paul Lauer is originally from Honolulu, Hawaii. He moved to Folly Beach, South Carolina in 1997 and founded CDI Homes. While working as a developer and living on Folly Beach he discovered the need for upscale overnight accommodations and began constructing Waters Edge Inn, which opened its doors in March 2007. Paul lives on-site and enjoys mingling with the guests.  He also works as a Folly Beach Firefighter and spends his free time with his two children.

About the Island…

Folly Beach has always been part of coastal South Carolina’s history and charm.  Nestled between the Folly River and the Atlantic Ocean, we are just 10 minutes from historic Charleston, locals refer to it as “the Edge of America”.  When you wake up in the morning, you’ll enjoy the sunrise on the beach and finish your day watching the sunset on the Folly River.  On the northeastern tip of the island, you’ll find an outstanding view of the Morris Island Lighthouse.  For the sportsman, you can fish from the Edwin S. Taylor Pier which extends over 1,000 feet into the Atlantic Ocean.
From fine dining and fresh seafood to home-style casual dining and satisfying sandwiches, you’ll enjoy some of the best food during your stay here on Folly Beach.  You also may wish to browse local shops for unique clothing, jewelry, artwork, sports gear, and more.
No matter what your interests are, fishing, kayaking, surfing or relaxing on the beach, you can find it here all year long.  There is simply no place like Folly Beach …the “Edge of America”.

Media Mentions

April 2012 : Explore the Carolina Lowcountry

  • Head north via State 174 to the funky seaside town of Folly Beach, just 12 miles from Charleston. Check in early at the Water’s Edge Inn, whose guest rooms and three-bedroom villas overlook the Folly River and its marshlands (; rooms from $149).If your room isn’t ready, rent one of the inn’s bikes to coast down Center Street, dotted with surf shops and mom-and-pop restaurants. Center Street dead-ends into Folly’s main attraction: 7 miles of beach.

June 2012 : Explore the Carolina Lowcountry

  • Where to Stay
  • Water’s Edge Inn (843/588-9800)

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