Welcome to Shokan

Famously once the home of David Bowie and Iman, the Town of Olive hamlet of Shokan is not the type of place where you’d normally come across a rock star… but you never know! Bowie wasn’t the first musician to come to the area to make a recording and find what he didn’t know he was looking for. A land of deep forests and secluded farmland, Shokan is most known for the beautiful Ashokan Reservoir, a source of refreshment and relaxation to people who come from miles around. The many types of houses in Shokan range in price from $335k to $1 million.

What to Love

  • Hiking and biking
  • Community celebrations
  • Creativity
  • Nature

People & Lifestyle

People in Shokan are life-long residents and weekenders, people who plow the roads and stockbrockers taking a break from Wall Street. They ride bikes and make music, roll along the reservoir and grill in the backyard. City folks who want to get away from the hustle breathe easier in the bucolic atmosphere of Shokan.

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping 

Route 28, the major highway in the area, runs right through Shokan, so you’re connected when you’ve had enough backyard peace and quiet and want a bit of excitement. A new local favorite is at Marty’s Mercantile for their summer music series, dining and backyard bar plus a shop full of goods from local favorites such as 28A Clay pottery, Deising’s bakery and Tree Juice maple syrup. Still looking for those YSL boots you meant to buy but didn’t back in the day? Check out Vintage Worship where they’ve relocated from Brooklyn. A long-time favorite in the neighborhood is Steve Heller’s Fabulous Furniture; you can’t miss the flame-painted Cadillac and giant robot out front. Another local institution is the Boiceville Inn, nearly 50 years later still serving Italian-American food, hosting great bands and now doing dinner-theater. A newer, attractive eatery in the area is Santa Fe restaurant just down the road. Don’t miss the lobster quesadilla!

Things to Do

Being in Shokan means you can fish at the Ashokan Reservoir, see some art at the Al Held Foundation, hike or bike or roll on the Rail Trail. There’s a good library in town, where they not only lend books etc. but also host gallery exhibitions and concerts. Meet the neighbors at one of the Olive town parks or through their recreation programs: At Davis Park there’s a public pool; there are local softball and volleyball leagues to join or weekly senior art classes. The Ashokan Center is loaded with opportunities for fun and learning, like Arts and Adventure Day Camp, hikes, jam sessions and Music & Dance camps. Head east, and you’ll find one of the few gyms outside of Kingston.


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