Shepherd Village

Shepherdstown, West Virginia, United States

  • Last updated: September 11, 2018 (2 seconds ago)
  • Listing created on: January 29, 2016

Mission Statement

A welcoming cohousing community, supportive of each other, our larger community, and the environment.

Community Description

A cohousing community of 30 households, now building, welcoming and inclusive, using planet-friendly building materials and practices. Embraced by the beauty of rivers & mountains, and nestled in a culturally dynamic, small university town

Homes 904-1482sq ft. footprint, some with second floor loft and basement options.

Community members share ownership of:
• 4000 sq ft solar-powered Common House
• walking paths through our wooded 19-acre site
• community garden (and chicken coop)
• shared woodworking and tool shop
• bike & kayak and other storage
• recycling shed

Shepherd Village is ideal for empty nesters who are looking to downsize and simplify their lives in the Eastern Panhandle of WV while enjoying the gifts of intentional community. Shepherd Village is a 10 min drive to the MARC commuter train to Washington DC. The site is also a short walk from the heart of town, with its shops and restaurants, easy access to the Potomac River and many outdoor activities. Shepherd University offers a wide variety of cultural and educational opportunities, and hosts the nationally acclaimed Contemporary American Theatre Festival every summer.


  • Type(s): Cohousing (individual homes within group owned property)
  • Programs & Activities: Neighborhood, Community Housing, or Homeowner’s Association
  • Location: Small Town or Village


  • Status: We have land we have developed on
  • Area: 19 acres
  • Current Residence Types: Single-family homes
  • Current Number of Residences: 30
  • Planned number of residences: 30
  • Planned Residence Types: Single-family homes
  • Housing Provided: Purchase, Rental
  • Land owned by: The entire community membership
  • Additional Comments:

    We have completed our Common House, and as our homes (triplexes and duplexes) are completed we are moving in.


  • Adult Members: 52
  • Child Members: 0
  • Non-member Residents: 1
  • Percent Women: 51-60%
  • Percent Men: 41-49%
  • Visitor Process:

    Contact us through our website,

  • Visitors accepted: No
  • Membership Process:

    1. Attendance at a 2-session orientation.
    2. Becoming an Explorer for a non-refundable fee of $250. This allows inclusion in all SV business meetings, workshops and communications, with the help of a personal Guide, for a 60 day period.
    3. Becoming an owner/member, including welcoming meetings, financial assessment and risks meeting, payment of the current member contribution, and signing a contract with the builder for construction of your home with a Line of Credit for construction.

  • Additional Comments:

    Membership requirements in the future will be determined by the HOA. Each of our homes are currently owned by the members, and the intention is to sell or rent only to people who can conform to the cohousing model.


  • Decision Making: Modified Consensus (everyone agrees, with some exceptions or fallbacks.)
  • Identified Leader: Yes, multiple identified leaders
  • Leadership Core Group: Yes
  • Additional Comments:

    We are forming our HOA rules and fees now.


  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
  • Shared Income: None
  • Required Labor Contribution: Encouraged or suggested
  • Open to members with existing debt: Yes (some debt)

Sustainability Practices

  • Energy Infrastructure: We use both systems.
  • Energy sources: Solar
  • Planned food produced: Up to 25%


  • Common Facilities: Common House, Garden(s), Workshop, Large Scale Kitchen, Internet
  • Internet Available: Yes, both the community and individuals provide it
  • Internet Fast?: Yes, it’s fine.
  • Cell Phone Service: Good for most people.
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: No – people may eat however they wish.
  • Special Diets OK: Yes
  • Tobacco Use: No, this community does not permit tobacco use.
  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Ecumenical (accepts all religions or spiritual practices)

Community Network or Organization Affiliations

The Fellowship for Intentional Community (FIC), Coho/US, Mid-Atlantic Cohousing


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