Olive, NY

Olive is a picturesque interior town located in Ulster County, New York. Olive is close to the stunningly beautiful Ashokan Reservoir, which provides much of New York City's water. View more Olive, NY real estate information.



Real Estate Statistics

Average Price $413K
Lowest Price $79K
Highest Price $850K
Total Listings 8
Avg. Days On Market 39
Avg. Price/SQFT $314

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Search the newest Olive homes for sale below! With just over 4,000 people, the community of Olive, New York is actually one of the more populous towns in the Park, due in part to its ready access to the New York State Thruway, as well as the ease of reaching bustling communities like Woodstock and Kingston which will cost you no more than 25 or 30 minutes from most Olive locations. But that's it for bustle.

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Information About Olive, NY

The town of Olive in upstate New York is a tranquil and quiet place to call home. The town of Olive is located inside the Catskill Park, and its population was 4,419 at the 2010 census.

Surrounded by the beautiful Hudson Valley, the town is located just 30 minutes west of Kingston and 20 minutes south of the famous Woodstock. Olive is located along NY 28A, which overlaps with NY 213, which runs to downtown Kingston.

Olive provides a great opportunity to homeowners who wish to live in a peaceful place but remain close to urban civilization. Olive residents essentially have access to all the amenities of a modern life, mixed with the taste of a small community.

Homes For Sale in Olive, NY

The Town of Olive is truly a beautiful place in which to live, surrounded by the natural beauty of the Hudson River Valley. Residents have majestic mountains, peaceful forests, and natural streams right on their doorstep. View Olive, NY real estate listings.

Homes for sale in Olive, NY are made up of a wide variety of properties. The market features everything from small antique farmhouses to modern architectural masterpieces - complete with breathtaking views of the Ashokan Reservoir. 

The vast majority of houses in Olive are well-spaced apart from their neighbors, and in many cases completely private. Privacy likely won't be an issue here.

Things to Do In Olive, NY

If there’s one thing Olive does really well, it’s providing outdoor action for people of all ages and abilities to enjoy.

First off, the scenery is gorgeous. The beautiful Ashokan Reservoir and the amazing view of the Catskill Mountains will never get old.

The water at the reservoir itself is protected, but you can cycle, walk or run along the shore and across a bridge that crosses the expanse of the reservoir.
There are also many green spaces where you and your family can enjoy picnics at the weekend, or take your dogs out for a walk.

If that all sounds too relaxed for you, there are some more adventurous activities you can try. There are hiking and mountain bike trails with varying degrees of difficulty. Olive is also not far from Stone Ridge, so if you’re into rock climbing, you don’t need to look much further than the world-famous Shawangunk Mountains - a rite of passage for rock climbers in the US.

Popular places to eat in the Olive area include Marty’s Mercantile, Bread alone Bakery and the Boiceville Inn, while the Olive Free Library runs a local history museum, a large community room and a continuous book sale.

If you’re searching for something a bit more hustle and bustle, the nearby towns of Woodstock and Kingston can help you scratch that itch, if not, New York City itself is only 2.5 hours away!


Ashokan Reservoir

Anyone investigating property in Ulster County soon learns that “Olive” and “protected” are practically synonymous. First, the town of Olive is home to the Ashokan (rhymes with “spoken”) Reservoir – one of New York City's largest and deepest, and a place where swimming and diving, and gasoline-powered boats are forbidden, and fishing is carefully license-controlled. Second, Olive is also in the lap of the Catskill Park, a 700,000-acre oasis blending public and private lands in the manner of so many large European parks. Nearly half of that area is forest preserve, “forever wild” by law. Plus, since the enormous size of the reservoir means nearly 10 percent of Olive's acreage is fiercely protected drinking water, it all adds up to a resource-mindful, carefully preserved area unlikely to lose any of its leafiness.

Some say that living with a reservoir is like living with a mountain: It seems like you always have to go all the way around to get wherever you're going – especially since 9/11 when the so-called “spillway road” shortcut across the water was closed for security reasons.

For people who love the way of life here, that's a small price to pay. As one approving local was quoted in a recent documentary, “We'd much rather have all that water than all those neon signs that might have come with development.”

Olive, to my way of thinking, had a long history of “going green” years before we all started using the phrase.


If at any time you have questions about living in Olive, NY or the surrounding Ulster County area, please don’t hesitate to contact Dylan Taft, Principal Broker/Owner, Taft Street Realty, Inc. - 845.687.9292 office or 845.380.3394 mobile.

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