Walk to the Ashokan from This Two-Bedroom Cottage, $399,000

  |  January 20, 2023

Today, we’re in the hamlet of Shokan, in the town of Olive in Ulster County, at a cute, cedar-shake cottage.

This 1,300-square-foot retreat comes with a bonus: The Ashokan Reservoir, with its mountain vistas and wildlife beauty, is just a short walk away.

The cottage was built in 1912 and renovated to expose its vaulted ceilings and strong bones. Thus, the living room/dining room is bright and airy, with skylights on the ceiling and wood beams running through it. A cherry-red, enameled Vermont Castings woodstove keeps things cozy when the snow blows.

Details abound, like that teeny door near the roofline and a sliding barn door from the dining room to the kitchen.


The floors throughout the house are hardwood and vinyl (some of them need refinishing). The kitchen cabinets are handcrafted and topped with black countertops to match the wrought-iron hardware. At one end of the kitchen, French doors open to the back deck.

The single bath in the house is off the kitchen, though we can’t see much of it in this image.

There’s quite a bit of storage here in the cabinets that line both walls.

This nook off the living room is now a music room.

The primary bedroom is bright with a skinny window and a picture window. It’s painted a soft sagey green.

This must be the second bedroom. It has an interestingly patterned ceiling, as well as a sliding glass door…


…out to the wide, wraparound deck.

The house is on 1.86 acres, which includes a sprinkling of outbuildings like this mini-barn…

…a chicken coop…

…and a metal-roofed shed.

The walkout cellar has a potting room. Updates include a new roof, a new well pump, and mini-splits for heating and cooling.

If this indoor-outdoor paradise is calling to you, find out more about 31 Church Street, Shokan, from Claudia Andreassen with Andreassen Properties LLC.

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