Living in Olive, NY
Nestled in the Catskill Mountains is Town of Olive. In 1824, theory has it that it was so named from the biblical story of the dove returning to Noah’s ark with an Olive branch. Olive's crowning glory is the Ashokan Reservoir, an enormous man-made lake framed by the Catskills, which supplies New York City with most of its drinking water.
Created in the early 1900s, the Ashokan reservoir is New York City’s oldest water supply and can hold over 100 billion gallons of water at full capacity. The reservoir is surrounded by the scenic Route 28 and Route 28A, a common route for the many cyclists that live in Ulster County. Constructed and dammed using locally-supplied Rosendale cement, the reservoir was locally-built and is now commonly recognized as a local treasure & attraction.
Olive’s incorporated villages include Boiceville, Olivebridge, Samsonville, Krumville, Shokan, West Shokan, and Ashokan. Here you can experience true country and see the Catskills in all their magnificence. The Ashokan is home to a full complement of local wildlife - Residents routinely see bald eagles, deer and even the occasional bear. Non-motorized boating and fishing are permitted on the reservoir with proper permits, obtained from the DEC.
Not far from Olive lie Sundown, Slide and Peekamoose Mountains, three of the tallest in the Catskills and ideal for hikers and adventurers seeking unparalleled views. Venture into the lush undergrowth of the Catskills and you’re rewarded with picturesque views of waterfalls and a pureness only found in nature.
If daily views of the Catskill Mountains and crystal-clear reservoir sound like your cup of tea, contact us to learn more about homes in this gorgeous area.