Historic Dane County Homes

Looking for a single family home full of character and a sense of history? If that's the case your best bet might be to concentrate on Dane County homes built prior to 1940. Fancy a grand open staircase, high ceilings, a fabulous walk-up attic or a sleeping porch?  A historic home could be right up your alley. Check out all the historic Dane County homes built before 1940 that are currently for sale below. Or, for inspiration on which types of historic homes might appeal most, read the examples we compiled of distinctive features and lifestyles most associated with historic homes, Click Here.

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Farms Like This Do Not Come Up Very Often. 198...

Photo of Listing #1841385

$9,900,000 Active

  • 5 Beds
  • Baths
  • 198.3 Acres
  • 2,976 ft²

Single Family

4264 N Birch Tr, Cross Plains, WI

MLS® #1841385

Farms Like This Do Not Come Up Very Often. 198 Acre Farm In Town Of Cross Plains With A 2900 Sq. Ft. Stone Farm House Built In Mid 1800’s, 36x112 Barn, 36x64 Metal Pole Shed Along With Many Other Buildings. Of The 198 Acres, 129 Are Tillable, 65 Pasture...

Excellent Location! Verona Schools, Family Owne...

Photo of Listing #1827143

$2,250,000 Offer-Show

  • 5 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 180 Acres
  • 2,575 ft²

Single Family

2216 Spring Rose Rd, Springdale, WI

MLS® #1827143

Excellent Location! Verona Schools, Family Owned For 100 Years. 180 + Acres With 134 Tillable. Immaculate 5 Bedroom, 2 Full Bath Home W/custom Kitchen Cabinetry. Original Woodwork Through Out The Home. Tillable Land Is Currently Rented. Great Opportunity Fo...

Unprecedented Queen Anne In University Heights ...

Photo of Listing #1841379

$1,900,000 Active

  • 5 Beds
  • Baths
  • 0.33 Acres
  • 6,528 ft²

Single Family

234 Lathrop St, Madison, WI

MLS® #1841379

Unprecedented Queen Anne In University Heights Neighborhood! Complete Overhaul Down To The Studs; Everything Is New While Keeping The Original Character. Meticulously Renovated & Expanded Home Offers Exquisite Detail & Refined Finishes That Boast Timeless ...

The North House Is Listed On The State Register...

Photo of Listing #1839498

$1,600,000 Active

  • 6 Beds
  • Baths
  • 0.75 Acres
  • 5,461 ft²

Single Family

1 Thorstrand Rd, Madison, WI

MLS® #1839498

The North House Is Listed On The State Register, National Registered Historic Places & Is Designated A Madison Landmark. Magnus Swenson (1882-1936) Was Considered One Of Wisconsin's Leading Citizens Of The Early 20th Century. Swenson Built This Classic Re...

Don't Miss This Opportunity To Build Your Dream...

Photo of Listing #1847545

$1,100,000 Offer-Show

  • 2 Beds
  • 1 Baths
  • 0.46 Acres
  • 1,063 ft²

Single Family

4918 Lake Mendota Dr, Madison, WI

MLS® #1847545

Don't Miss This Opportunity To Build Your Dream Home On Lake Mendota Within Minutes Of Downtown. The Property Is Located Across The Street From Blackhawk Country Club. The Lot Has Endless Possibilities With An Option Of Exposed Or Walkout Lower Level. There...

Meticulous Frank Riley "gingerbread" House, On ...

REDUCED 3% Photo of Listing #1841026

$875,000 Active

  • 4 Beds
  • Baths
  • 0.38 Acres
  • 2,934 ft²

Single Family

324 Lakewood Blvd, Maple Bluff, WI

MLS® #1841026

Meticulous Frank Riley "gingerbread" House, On A Spacious, Professionally Landscaped Lot, To Be Enjoyed From The Large Backyard Or Sweet Side Patio, New Brick Paver Driveway. New Kitchen With Subzero And Wolf Appliances, Grand Living Room With Charming Buil...

Rare Opportunity To Have A New Home In Highly S...

Photo of Listing #1846379

$830,000 Active

  • 3 Beds
  • Baths
  • 0.11 Acres
  • 3,509 ft²

Single Family

1630 Adams St, Madison, WI

MLS® #1846379

Rare Opportunity To Have A New Home In Highly Sought After Location. Parade Of Homes Quality Renovation By Thomas Zimmer Builders In Heart Of The Vilas Neighborhood. First Floor Master, Spacious Kitchen, Mud Room, Rec Room & Theater Room For Starters. Detac...

Mere Blocks From Camp Randall And Uw Campus Sta...

REDUCED 3% Photo of Listing #1828863

$824,900 Active

  • 4 Beds
  • 4 Baths
  • 0.16 Acres
  • 4,176 ft²

Single Family

302 Lathrop St, Madison, WI

MLS® #1828863

Mere Blocks From Camp Randall And Uw Campus Stands This Magnificent Three-story With True Presence, Tastefully Blending Classic Architecture And Modern Appeal. This Historic Home Entertains Numerous Guests On The Spacious Front Porch, In The Open, Inviting ...

Location Is Everything In This Home, Beautiful ...

Photo of Listing #1846984

$800,000 Active

  • 5 Beds
  • Baths
  • 0.6 Acres
  • 4,080 ft²

Single Family

822 Farwell Dr, Maple Bluff, WI

MLS® #1846984

Location Is Everything In This Home, Beautiful Lake Views On The Private Double Lot. Main Floor Master Bedroom, Ensuite With Large Sitting Room. Charming Fireplace In Oversized Family Room Space And Lovely Screen Porch. Signature Built-ins In The Dining ...

40+ Acre Farm With Beautiful Remodeled Home And...

Photo of Listing #1843512

$774,900 Active

  • 3 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 40.1 Acres
  • 1,912 ft²

Single Family

1860 Hillside Rd, Christiana, WI

MLS® #1843512

40+ Acre Farm With Beautiful Remodeled Home And Buildable Lot Plus 35 Tillable Acres. Easy Commute To Madison. Incl. Barn, 2-c Garage, Workshop & Sheds. Home Has Been Resorted With Original Floors, Woodwork & Trim. Original Pocket-doors, Leaded Glass Window...

This Rare Frank Lloyd Wright American System-bu...

REDUCED 1% Photo of Listing #1836977

$770,000 Active

  • 3 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 0.13 Acres
  • 2,450 ft²

Single Family

2107 West Lawn Ave, Madison, WI

MLS® #1836977

This Rare Frank Lloyd Wright American System-built Home Located In A Choice Neighborhood Has Been Meticulously-restored With Updates For Modern Living Including A Great Cook's Kitchen With Sub-zero Refrigerator And Viking Stove. The Home Boasts Generous Clo...

This Is An Incredible Place, With The Best Loca...

REDUCED 3% Photo of Listing #1837892

$767,365 Active

  • 3 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 0.1 Acres
  • 1,755 ft²

Single Family

5227 Harbor Ct, Madison, WI

MLS® #1837892

This Is An Incredible Place, With The Best Location In Spring Harbor Of Lake Mendota. We Love This Place Because It’s One Of The Few Incredible Locations On Lake Mendota With Access To The Beach, Boat Launch, Park With 1block. One Of Many Reasons We Purcha...

Rare Opportunity On Lake Monona! 3 Bedroom Home...

Photo of Listing #1834414

$750,000 Active

  • 3 Beds
  • Baths
  • 0.13 Acres
  • 2,084 ft²

Single Family

1427 Morrison St, Madison, WI

MLS® #1834414

Rare Opportunity On Lake Monona! 3 Bedroom Home In The Heart Of Marquette With +/-44 Feet Of Lake Frontage. Classic Tudor Home Boasts Original Woodwork, Hardwood Floors, Leaded Glass Windows, Fixtures, Archways, Stone Fireplace, And More. Move-in Or Remodel...

A Simpler Lifestyle Awaits You On The Perfect S...

Photo of Listing #1847396

$699,900 Active

  • 5 Beds
  • Baths
  • 41 Acres
  • 2,772 ft²

Single Family

2049 Skaalen Rd, Pleasant Springs, WI

MLS® #1847396

A Simpler Lifestyle Awaits You On The Perfect Sized Farmstead W/ 41 Acres. Main Barn (40x80) Built 2006 For Tractor & Farm Equipment Area And Animal Pens,with Attached 15x70 Barn Built In 2008 For A Farm Business, A Classic Red Barn, Run In Shed W/ Automati...

Historically Significant, Eye Catching Bungalow...

REDUCED 5% Photo of Listing #1828012

$643,000 Active

  • 4 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 0.17 Acres
  • 2,596 ft²

Single Family

1821 Vilas Ave, Madison, WI

MLS® #1828012

Historically Significant, Eye Catching Bungalow Home, Built In 1912 With Original Architectural Features Preserved! Arguably A Four Bedrm Home, With 3 Full Baths: The First Fl Has An All Purpose Room Currently Devoted To Family Activities Which Could Be A ...

Listen To The Lions & Apes At Vilas Zoo. Quick ...

REDUCED 2% Photo of Listing #1842672

$634,900 Active

  • 4 Beds
  • Baths
  • 0.17 Acres
  • 2,366 ft²

Single Family

2120 Jefferson St, Madison, WI

MLS® #1842672

Listen To The Lions & Apes At Vilas Zoo. Quick Walk To Trader Joe's For Milk Or One Of The Many Great Monroe Street Restaurants. Stately And Elegant, Classic 4-bedroom House Built In 1916. Details Include: High Ceilings, Wood Floors Throughout, French Doors...

Vrp $599,900-$629,900 Badger Fans Will Love Thi...

Photo of Listing #1844119

$629,900 Active

  • 6 Beds
  • Baths
  • 0.17 Acres
  • 2,456 ft²

Single Family

28 Lathrop St, Madison, WI

MLS® #1844119

Vrp $599,900-$629,900 Badger Fans Will Love This Home And Location!!!easy Walk To Campus, & Monroe St Shopping & Dining. All New High-end Anderson Windows On Sides And Back Of Home. Newer Washer & Brand New Dryer. Newer Furnace(2013), Hot Water Heater(2014)...

Priced Below Assessment Sits This Wonderful His...

REDUCED 2% Photo of Listing #1845625

$600,000 Active

  • 4 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 0.17 Acres
  • 2,315 ft²

Single Family

1914 Vilas Ave, Madison, WI

MLS® #1845625

Priced Below Assessment Sits This Wonderful Historic Home Across From Vilas Park, Zoo, Walking Trails & Lake Wingra. Beautiful Hardwood Floors & Trim. Large Windows Fill The Home With Sunshine. Main Level Features Generous Lr, Dr, Kitchen, Sunroom, Bdrm & F...

5.4 Acres Of Scenic Property W/ Like-new Farmho...

Photo of Listing #1835301

$599,000 Active

  • 3 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 5.4 Acres
  • 1,912 ft²

Single Family

1860 Hillside Rd, Christiana, WI

MLS® #1835301

5.4 Acres Of Scenic Property W/ Like-new Farmhouse, Easy Commute To Madison. Incl: Barn, 2 Car Garage, Workshop & Sheds. Home Has Been Lovingly Restored W/ Original Floors, Woodwork & Trim. Original Pocket-doors, Leaded Glass Windows, Window Seats & Antique...

Most Sought After Neighborhood In Madison. Also...

Photo of Listing #1846936

$589,900 Active

  • 4 Beds
  • Baths
  • 0.38 Acres
  • 3,000 ft²

Single Family

4185 Nakoma Rd, Madison, WI

MLS® #1846936

Most Sought After Neighborhood In Madison. Also Layout May Possibly Work For A B&b. This Magnificent Home Has Too Many Amenities For The Space Allowed. Please Read The Additional Information Sheet. Large Livingroom With Stone Fireplace, Cathedral Ceiling Cr...

5+ Acre Farmette Next To Pope Farm Conservancy ...

Photo of Listing #1840779

$583,000 Active

  • 3 Beds
  • Baths
  • 5 Acres
  • 1,677 ft²

Single Family

7580 W Old Sauk Rd, Middleton, WI

MLS® #1840779

5+ Acre Farmette Next To Pope Farm Conservancy W/110 Acres For Riding Horses, Hiking) - Four Square Well Maintained 1912 Farmhouse And Large Barn/outbuildings -all In Great Condition; Charter Internet; Central Air Conditioning; Tankless Water Heater; Close ...

Value Range $550,000-$595,000. A Rare Opportuni...

Photo of Listing #1847260

$550,000 Offer-Show

  • 3 Beds
  • Baths
  • 0.15 Acres
  • 2,120 ft²

Single Family

1722 Summit Ave, Madison, WI

MLS® #1847260

Value Range $550,000-$595,000. A Rare Opportunity To Own An Architecturally Significant Home In Coveted University Heights! Own A Piece Of History W/ This Frank Riley Designed Georgian Revival Home, Featuring Plenty Of Original Charm & Many Modern Improveme...

Showings Begin 1/19 At 10 Am. This Updated 4 Be...

NEW Photo of Listing #1848295

$539,900 Active

  • 4 Beds
  • Baths
  • 0.25 Acres
  • 2,575 ft²

Single Family

266 Kensington Dr, Maple Bluff, WI

MLS® #1848295

Showings Begin 1/19 At 10 Am. This Updated 4 Bed, 3.5 Bath Maple Bluff Home Is A Lovely Mix Of Character, Charm & Convenience. Walk-in On Hardwoods Running Entire 1st & 2nd Floors, Notice The Bright Open Spaces & Attention To Detail. The Chef’s Kitchen Incl...

Come Take A Look At This Victorian Georgian Reg...

REDUCED 4% Photo of Listing #1841695

$530,000 Active

  • 4 Beds
  • Baths
  • 0.14 Acres
  • 1,696 ft²

Single Family

454 Virginia Terr, Madison, WI

MLS® #1841695

Come Take A Look At This Victorian Georgian Regency, In An Very Desirable Neighborhood, Close To Hospital, Campus, Down Town. First Time On The Market, Beautiful Wood Floors Under Carpet, 4 Bedrooms 1.5 Bathrooms. Seller Just Added A New Boiler Removed Asb...

Characteristics of Historic Homes in Dane County

What makes a home historic? Typically we think of homes that are are at least 75 years old. In this day and age that means homes that were built no later than about 1940. What are some of the characteristics of historic homes that people love? When it comes to Victorian architecture, it's the decorative details such as brackets, spindles, and gingerbread house style shingles that people often think of first. With Tudor style homes it's the bay windows and upper floors featuring half-timbering that often grab the imagination. It can also be those mysterious looking facades dominated by one or more steeply pitched cross gables.
 Then there are the older national folk/farmhouse style homes rooted in Native American and pre-railroad dwellings with their distinctive rectangle shapes featuring side-gabled or pyramid-shaped roofs. Last but certainly not least, the classic colonial is a perfect example of timeless symmetry with its collection of second-story bedrooms, distinctive clapboard siding and proudly positioned gabled roofs.

Living in a Historic Home

A well-maintained historic home can truly be a source of pride and joy. The daily throwback to yesteryear can serve as an inspiring escape from everyday life. While historic homes often come with a list of projects and ongoing improvements, the satisfaction of being the current steward of a historic home can be significant. The greater the known history and knowledge of the former inhabitants or previous owners, the greater the sense of purpose and responsibility you may feel toward preserving your historic home. Let's hope your historic home is full of happy memories and that you'll feel inspired to maintain or restore the integrity of your piece of Dane County's culture and history.

Historic homes often have issues that vintage homes don't possess. We recommend working with a Lake & City Homes buyer agent to represent your interests when purchasing a historic home.  

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