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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Stunning Home In The Heart Of Maple Bluff On 12...

REDUCED 1% Photo of Listing #1817343

$2,425,000 Active

  • 6 Beds
  • Baths
  • 0.78 Acres
  • 7,260 ft²

Single Family

403 Farwell Dr, Maple Bluff, WI

MLS® #1817343

Stunning Home In The Heart Of Maple Bluff On 125 Ft Of Pristine Lake Frontage! Enjoy Beautiful Sunsets From The Master Suite Overlooking Lake Mendota & The Capitol. The Master Boasts A Private Deck, Spa Bath, & Sauna. Entertain In The Gorgeous Kitchen W/cus...

This 1925 Country Estate Located In The Heart O...

Photo of Listing #1822156

$1,595,000 Active

  • 5 Beds
  • Baths
  • 0.51 Acres
  • 4,470 ft²

Single Family

3415 Circle Close, Shorewood Hills, WI

MLS® #1822156

This 1925 Country Estate Located In The Heart Of Shorewood Hills Achieves The Perfect Mix Of Old And New, Making It An Ideal Home For Those Seeking Both Old-world Charm And Modern Convenience. This 5-bedroom, 4.5-bath Home Has Taken Into Account Every Inch...

Vrp $1,250,000-$1,490,000. Extraordinary Opport...

Photo of Listing #1821161

$1,250,000 Active

  • 10 Beds
  • Baths
  • 0.42 Acres
  • 6,960 ft²

Single Family

3402 Monroe St, Madison, WI

MLS® #1821161

Vrp $1,250,000-$1,490,000. Extraordinary Opportunity To Live In An Award-winning Home With Potential To Cover The Mortgage And Expenses With Airbnb Income. Two Remarkable Houses On A Tree-filled Lot: A Sustainably Designed Eco-lodge With Dramatic Timber-f...

Stunning Tudor On Highly Sought After Street In...

NEW Photo of Listing #1822670

$1,200,000 Active

  • 5 Beds
  • Baths
  • 0.46 Acres
  • 4,200 ft²

Single Family

3501 Blackhawk Dr, Shorewood Hills, WI

MLS® #1822670

Stunning Tudor On Highly Sought After Street In Shorewood Hills. Take Note Of Grand Dining Rm That Flows Seamlessly Into Chef’s Dream Kitchen W/custom Cabinetry, 2 Sub-zero Refrigerators, 2 Dws, Professional Range, Walk-in Pantry & Large Island For Your Fam...

Stately Colonial In The Heart Of Shorewood Hill...

Photo of Listing #1819848

$1,150,000 Offer-Show

  • 4 Beds
  • Baths
  • 0.61 Acres
  • 3,789 ft²

Single Family

3512 Blackhawk Dr, Shorewood Hills, WI

MLS® #1819848

Stately Colonial In The Heart Of Shorewood Hills! Meticulously Maintained W/large Living Space That Opens Into 4-season Sunroom W/tons Of Natural Light. Remodeled, Classic Kitchen W/granite Counters, Ss Appliances & Large Formal Dining With Walk Out To Deck...

This Beautifully Updated English Tudor In The H...

REDUCED 5% Photo of Listing #1820037

$1,095,000 Active

  • 4 Beds
  • Baths
  • 0.3 Acres
  • 4,276 ft²

Single Family

1504 Edgehill Dr, Shorewood Hills, WI

MLS® #1820037

This Beautifully Updated English Tudor In The Heart Of Shorewood Hills Offers An Open Layout & Generous Living Spaces. Hardwood Floors Throughout & Expansive Windows That Allow Natural Light And Views Of Wooded Lot And Adjoining Parks. Freshly Remodeled Kit...

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

Photo of Listing #1816763

$995,000 Active

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

Single Family

2049 Skaalen Rd, Pleasant Springs, WI

MLS® #1816763

A Simpler Lifestyle Awaits You On The Perfect Sized Farmstead W/ 71 Acres W/ Turn Key Milking Set Up. Main Barn (40x80) Built In 2006 And Store Front/milk House/bottling Area (15x70) Added In 2008, Also Classic Red Barn, Run In Shed W/ Automatic Water & (40...

Come Home To Your Own Slice Of Wonderful Less T...

Photo of Listing #1812890

$950,000 Offer-Show

  • 1 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 95 Acres
  • 1,279 ft²

Single Family

1717 Gammeter Rd, Springdale, WI

MLS® #1812890

Come Home To Your Own Slice Of Wonderful Less Than 20 Min From The Edge Of Madison! Gorgeous Rolling Hills, Meadows, Trees & Even Your Own Private Pond Where You Can Relax And Daydream For Hours! Or Go Hiking Or Horse Back Riding On The Many Trails Throug...

Lake Living In Downtown Madison! Exceptionally ...

Photo of Listing #1818564

$949,900 Active

  • 5 Beds
  • Baths
  • 0.19 Acres
  • 3,498 ft²

Single Family

828 Prospect Pl, Madison, WI

MLS® #1818564

Lake Living In Downtown Madison! Exceptionally Well Maintained 3 Story Home On Lake Mendota With 53' Of Water Frontage Offers Stuning Views, Large Rooms, Beautiful Hardwoods & Crown Molding Throughout, Newer Metal Roof, Upgraded Appliances/electrical/plumbi...

Magnificently Restored 1865 Victorian Italianat...

Photo of Listing #1816457

$799,999 Active

  • 5 Beds
  • 7 Baths
  • 8.94 Acres
  • 4,174 ft²

Single Family

21 State St, Mazomanie, WI

MLS® #1816457

Magnificently Restored 1865 Victorian Italianate Home Blends Luxury With History On 9 Acres Along Black Earth Creek. Property Used As Historic Bed & Breakfast And Wedding Destination, Could Be Corporate Retreat. Main Residence Has 5 Brs, 7 Baths, Stunning S...

42 Acres. Painstakingly Renovated 1892 Farmhous...

Photo of Listing #1821535

$799,000 Active

  • 5 Beds
  • Baths
  • 42.7 Acres
  • 3,839 ft²

Single Family

180 Hwy 69, Primrose, WI

MLS® #1821535

42 Acres. Painstakingly Renovated 1892 Farmhouse (former Country House B & B). The Land Consists Of Meadows & Woods (deer/turkeys). Many Usable Out Buildings. 200 Amp Electric, Central Air, High Efficiency Furnace (all Mechanicals Fairly New). Main Floor W...

Every Detail Is Perfect! Walk Through The Arche...

Photo of Listing #1821477

$795,000 Offer-Show

  • 4 Beds
  • Baths
  • 0.25 Acres
  • 3,400 ft²

Single Family

3224 Tally Ho Ln, Shorewood Hills, WI

MLS® #1821477

Every Detail Is Perfect! Walk Through The Arched Front Door Into Living Space W/beautiful Built-ins And A Wood Fireplace. Enjoy The Attached 3-season Porch For Dinner On Summer Evenings. Then Be Wowed As You Walk Into The Newly Remodeled, Zen Family/dining ...

This Brick Colonial Has Been Meticulously Renov...

Photo of Listing #1820390

$775,000 Active

  • 4 Beds
  • Baths
  • 0.25 Acres
  • 3,100 ft²

Single Family

30 Cambridge Rd, Maple Bluff, WI

MLS® #1820390

This Brick Colonial Has Been Meticulously Renovated. The New Kitchen Designed By Denise Quade Boasts White Carrara Marble And Sub-zero + Wolf Appliances. Open Floor Plan And Gorgeous W/b Fireplace In The Living Room. 4 Bedrooms, Private Master Suite And Lar...

Distinctive Architecture Plus A Stately Neighbo...

REDUCED 3% Photo of Listing #1802451

$775,000 Offer-Show

  • 4 Beds
  • 4 Baths
  • 0.36 Acres
  • 4,276 ft²

Single Family

3108 Oxford Rd, Shorewood Hills, WI

MLS® #1802451

Distinctive Architecture Plus A Stately Neighborhood! Interior Exudes Charm, Warmth & Quiet Elegance. Refin Hdwd Flrs, Crown Molding & Rich Wood Trim. Kitchen Is Gracious But Not Ostentatious: Solid Surface Counters, Ss Appliances And Lg Eating Area. Fdr ...

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

Photo of Listing #1816761

$699,900 Active

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

Single Family

2049 Skaalen Rd, Pleasant Springs, WI

MLS® #1816761

A Simpler Lifestyle Awaits You On The Perfect Sized Farmstead W/ 41 Acres W/ Turn Key Milking Set Up. Main Barn (40x80) Built In 2006 And Store Front/milk House/bottling Area (15x70) Added In 2008, Also Classic Red Barn, Run In Shed W/ Automatic Water & (40...

Located On The Best Corner In Beautiful Nakoma,...

REDUCED 2% Photo of Listing #1808078

$674,900 Active

  • 5 Beds
  • Baths
  • 0.41 Acres
  • 3,272 ft²

Single Family

1142 Waban Hill, Madison, WI

MLS® #1808078

Located On The Best Corner In Beautiful Nakoma, This Tudor Revival Style Home Has A Versatile Floor Plan. A Spacious Family Room With Slate Floor Exits To An Adjacent Porch, Flagstone Patio And Naturally Landscaped Wooded Lot. Dormers Create Cozy Nooks In G...

Lovely Brick Home Tastefully Renovated To Prese...

NEW Photo of Listing #1822685

$662,500 Active

  • 4 Beds
  • Baths
  • 0.21 Acres
  • 3,306 ft²

Single Family

3736 Nakoma Rd, Madison, WI

MLS® #1822685

Lovely Brick Home Tastefully Renovated To Preserve Distinctive Art Deco Character While Adding Modern Conveniences For Family Living. Sited Above The Street, Home Has Expansive, Ever Changing Views To South Of Uw Arboretum. Light-filled, Open Living Dining ...

This Rural 40 Acre Property Which Lies In The R...

Photo of Listing #1820621

$650,000 Active

  • 2 Beds
  • Baths
  • 40 Acres
  • 1,152 ft²

Single Family

593 Hwy 14, Rutland, WI

MLS® #1820621

This Rural 40 Acre Property Which Lies In The Rolling Terrain Of Dane County Features Updated Home With 3 Outbuildings. With A Driving Range From The City Of Madison Of Less Than 13 Miles Allows The Quietness And Yet Access To The City Of Madison And Jane...

This Farmstead Offers Endless Potential For Dev...

Photo of Listing #1818535

$649,900 Active

  • 3 Beds
  • Baths
  • 10 Acres
  • 2,410 ft²

Single Family

4658 Hwy 92, Rutland, WI

MLS® #1818535

This Farmstead Offers Endless Potential For Development, Small Agriculture, Business! Enjoy The Well-kept Pre-civil War Home With 3 Out Buildings. The Property Adjoins The Village Of Brooklyn, Gorgeous Smithfield Park And Is Near King Lake. There Are Many ...

Market Range Price $599,000-$625,000. Charming ...

REDUCED 8% Photo of Listing #1810444

$599,000 Active

  • 3 Beds
  • Baths
  • 0.06 Acres
  • 2,400 ft²

Single Family

1440 Vilas Ave, Madison, WI

MLS® #1810444

Market Range Price $599,000-$625,000. Charming Vilas Home, Facing Bear Mound Park, Blends Early 20th Century Character With Many Updates And Is Adorned With Gorgeous Perennial Gardens. Main Floor Living, Dining, Sunroom, Fabulous Screened Porch, Powder Room...

Huge Price Reduction! Unique Farmette Sitting O...

Photo of Listing #1795525

$594,899 Offer-Show

  • 3 Beds
  • Baths
  • 27 Acres
  • 1,545 ft²

Single Family

3408 Elvehjem Rd, Dunn, WI

MLS® #1795525

Huge Price Reduction! Unique Farmette Sitting On 27 Acres That Offers A Wide Variety Of Options For Various Interests. Property Holds Extreme Value In Land As A Future Residential Development Of Mcfarland. Property Has Two Livable Farm Houses And Lots Of Ex...

Located On Rutledge Street, This Home Has Been ...

Photo of Listing #1822517

$564,900 Active

  • 5 Beds
  • 4 Baths
  • 0.1 Acres
  • 2,904 ft²

Single Family

1324 Rutledge St, Madison, WI

MLS® #1822517

Located On Rutledge Street, This Home Has Been Updated With First Floor Laundry, Refinished Hardwood Floors, New Bathrooms, Windows, Furnaces And A Two Car Garage. Enjoy A Sunny Afternoon On Your Front Porch, Or Take A Bath In The Large Ensuite Master Bath....

This House Is Perfection W/ An Endless Attentio...

NEW Photo of Listing #1822661

$560,000 Active

  • 3 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 0.08 Acres
  • 1,816 ft²

Single Family

511 Leonard St, Madison, WI

MLS® #1822661

This House Is Perfection W/ An Endless Attention To Detail! Lovingly Restored Classic Tudor In Madison's Hottest Neighborhood! The Highest Quality & Designer Finishes And Appliances Throughout W/ Tons Of Amenities: Irrigated Lawn System, Central Air, Cedar ...

Commanding A Generous Landscaped Corner Lot, Th...

REDUCED 4% Photo of Listing #1818275

$549,500 Active

  • 3 Beds
  • Baths
  • 0.25 Acres
  • 3,112 ft²

Single Family

312 S 4th St, Mount Horeb, WI

MLS® #1818275

Commanding A Generous Landscaped Corner Lot, This House Is A Claude & Starck Historic Mansion. Recently Undergoing A Meticulous Maintenance. A Stroll Through Each Room Is A Nostalgic Reminiscent Of The Past. Marvel At The Quarter Sawn Oak Cabinetry, Coff...

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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