Sage Place CoMMONS



Build your future in historic Shepherdstown!


A new development
in Shepherdstown

20 lots for 20 homes
in 10 duplex building units

Breaking News
16 of the lots now sold
Only 4 left

Here are some of the homes
going up on Sage Place!


IN-town living

  • Historic, university town

  • Known for its diverse restaurants, arts, music, theater, and culture

  • Near the Potomac River and C&O Canal towpath



  • 20 buildable lots approved for 10 duplex buildings

  • Located on Sage Place, a new street off East German Street

  • A few blocks from the heart of Shepherdstown and the Shepherd University campus

  • Surrounded by undisturbed, vegetated conservation areas with walking trails

  • Lots are 50’ x 80’ and available for immediate sale at $95,000 each


What might Sage Place Commons HOMES look like?

Design parameters for homes in Sage Place Commons are governed by the Town-approved Planned Unit Development (PUD) zoning plan, approved by the Town in September, 2016 and the Sage Place Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions (CCRs) as recorded in the land records of Jefferson County, and include:

  • Duplex buildings sharing a party wall on adjacent lot lines

  • 10’ front yard and 10' side yard setbacks; 5’ rear yard setback

  • Up to 40’ x 55’ building pad for each of two residential units in each duplex building

  • Single floor living with basements, some with rear walk-out


Who is selling Sage Place lots?

Seller-Developer is Shepherdstown East Development, LLC, comprised of 30 families who are self-developing a neighboring 55+ “Shepherd Village” cohousing community of 30 pre-sold homes, now under construction for 2018 occupancy

Are these Sage Place lots READY TO BUILD?

  • All Sage Place lots have public water and sewer and underground utility service and pre-excavated basements

  • All Sage Place lots are ready for home construction beginning April 1, 2018

  • Seller has secured Town approval of all zoning requirements for Sage Place Commons, and has obtained all permits except the duplex building permits which buyers must obtain from the Town

  • Buyers will be responsible to add front sidewalks upon completion


What other preparations are being made for Sage Place Commons?

  • Seller has posted security to finish development of Sage Place, a 20’ wide roadway with two parallel parking spaces in front of each lot, with roadway and parking spaces conveyed to the Town for continued maintenance

  • Seller has identified local general contractors and builders who are available to contract with buyers for Sage Place Commons home construction

  • Seller-Developer has established Sage Place Commons as a primarily 55+ West Virginia common interest community and Home Owners Association with annual fees anticipated to be less than $500


Buildable duplex lots
are available now,
in Sage Place Commons,
a new community
in charming Shepherdstown, WV.

Walk to shops and
restaurants downtown,
cultural events at
Shepherd University or
enjoy birding and boating
on the beautiful Potomac.



Building Begins:
New residential development
now underway downtown

This is an article from
Shepherdstown Chronicle
November 10, 2017

A new walkable residential neighborhood called Sage Place Commons is now being developed in a sought-after location a few blocks from downtown Shepherdstown.

Sage Place, a newly constructed road off of E. German Street near the historic Christ Reformed Church offers 20 buildable lots approved for residential duplexes for a price tag of $95 thousand each, and available for immediate sale. These units are adjoining the 30 Shepherd Village co-housing units, which have all been sold and are now under construction for 2018 occupancy. The housing lots are all part of the 19-acre area that was purchased four years ago.

The duplexes will feature single-floor main living areas, with an additional lower level and rear walkout basements, thanks to the natural ridge on which the development is being built.

Land is shown being cleared as construction begins on Sage Place Commons, a new walkable residential neighborhood near downtown.

"We really are clustered," said Charlotte Baker-Shenk, one of the co-founders of the Shepherd Village area. "Our homes are smaller and we are close to each other. That's by social design encouraging people to interact."

Lots are 50 feet by 80 feet, with building pads up to 40 by 55 feet approved for each of the two residential units in the duplex building, which share a common wall on adjacent lot lines. The design plans provide for 10-foot front and side yard setbacks and a 15-foot rear yard setback. All Sage Place Commons lots have public water and sewer, underground utilities, pre-excavated basements and are surrounded by undisturbed, vegetated conservation areas with walking trails.

"We have worked really hard during the construction to preserve as many of the trees and vegetation as possible, which has been quite challenging at times," Baker-Shenk said.

She went on to say that the Shepherd Village group has received a matching grant from the Environmental Protection Agency through the help of Sebastian Donner, Storm Water Specialist from the West Virginia EPA, in the amount of $154,015 that will enable residents to use more progressive means of storm water management.

"We have a large group of water retention areas," Baker-Shenk said. "The whole idea is to not send all of your water down and pollute the Chesapeake. The plan is to use 'enlightened' filtration practices to manage all of your water here on your own your own land."

The grant also includes money to plant mature trees, grass pavers instead of asphalt, native plants and a green roof that will be on the community garden shed.

"We're just thrilled (about the grant)," Baker-Shenk said. "We're trying to do the right thing. We all care about the environment. When you build something, some things get destroyed and so it is really important that we are very intentional about how we rebuild and create an environment that is sustainable."

Sage Place Commons has been established as a primarily 55 and older West Virginia common interest community and homeowners association, meaning that 80 percent of Sage Place's homes must have at least one person age 55 or older. HOA fees are anticipated to be less than $500 a year.

Sage Place Commons' seller-developer is Shepherdstown East Development LLC, comprised of the 30 owner-developers of the neighboring Shepherd Village Co-housing community, which is also a 55-plus community. Shepherdstown East Development has identified local general contractors who are available to contract with buyers for Sage Place home construction.


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Why Sage Place Commons?

You can live:

  • A few blocks from the heart of downtown and the Shepherd University campus

  • Surrounded by undisturbed, vegetated conservation areas with walking trails

  • Lots are 50' x 80' and available for immediate sale

Sage Place Commons is a 55+ community in which 80% of the homes must have at least one resident 55 or over.

Contact Sage Place Commons

Sage Place Commons
1-20 Sage Place
Shepherdstown WV 25443

Contact Jackie Lewis, Greentree Realty of Shepherdstown, Inc. at 304-876-3737 or Or use the contact form to request more information via email.

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