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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124 Properties Found. Page 1 of 6

From Lakeside To Inside Nothing Short Of Specta...

Photo of Listing #1823651

$2,600,000 Offer-Show

  • 5 Beds
  • Baths
  • 1.06 Acres
  • 4,802 ft²

Single Family

1015 Farwell Ct, Maple Bluff, WI

MLS® #1823651

From Lakeside To Inside Nothing Short Of Spectacular! This Frank Riley Historic Gem Has The Charm Of Days Gone By Yet With All The Modern Conveniences. Extensively Remodeled With The Best Of The Best, While Keeping The Integrity Of This Historic Home In Min...

Excellent Location! Verona Schools, Family Owne...

Photo of Listing #1827143

$2,250,000 Active

  • 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...

Shorewood Hills Gem! A House Like This Doesn't...

REDUCED 6% Photo of Listing #1822156

$1,495,000 Active

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

Single Family

3415 Circle Close, Shorewood Hills, WI

MLS® #1822156

Shorewood Hills Gem! A House Like This Doesn't Come For Sale Often- An Ideal Home For Those Seeking Privacy, Charm And High-end Modern Convenience. This Sun-filled 5-bedroom, 4.5-bath Home + 2 Offices Has Taken Into Account Every Inch Of Its 4470 Sq. Ft. ...

Shorewood Hills Lake Home!this Beautiful Home O...

Photo of Listing #1823084

$1,350,000 Offer-Show

  • 3 Beds
  • Baths
  • 0.39 Acres
  • 3,026 ft²

Single Family

3662 Lake Mendota Dr, Shorewood Hills, WI

MLS® #1823084

Shorewood Hills Lake Home!this Beautiful Home On A Private, Wooded Lot Across From The Golf Course Offers Incredible Lake Vistas The Moment You Step Inside. Wake Up To Sweeping Lake Views In The Spectacular Owner's Suite W/gas Fp & Enjoy Your Morning Coffee...

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...

REDUCED 8% Photo of Listing #1822670

$1,100,000 Active

  • 4 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...

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...

Contemporary Home On Wooded Lot In Shorewood Hi...

REDUCED 4% Photo of Listing #1823131

$865,000 Offer-Show

  • 4 Beds
  • Baths
  • 0.32 Acres
  • 4,122 ft²

Single Family

1105 Dartmouth Rd, Shorewood Hills, WI

MLS® #1823131

Contemporary Home On Wooded Lot In Shorewood Hills. Walk Into Extensively Updated Home W/soaring Two-story Foyer That Leads To Open Concept Living Space W/custom Brick Fireplace. Enjoy The Endless Light And Beautiful Sunsets & Seasonal Lake Views Through Fl...

Nakoma Excellence - Tastefully Updated Home Rea...

Photo of Listing #1824869

$850,000 Offer-Show

  • 3 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 0.22 Acres
  • 2,652 ft²

Single Family

714 Oneida Pl, Madison, WI

MLS® #1824869

Nakoma Excellence - Tastefully Updated Home Ready For You To Move In. New First Floor Oak Flooring And Remodeled Bathrooms. Large Kitchen/dining Perfect For Family & Friend Gatherings. Separate Sub-zero Refrigerator & Freezer. Wolf Gas Cooktop & Double ...

Rare Opportunity To Own Over 350 Feet Of Lake ...

Photo of Listing #1825977

$839,900 Active

  • 4 Beds
  • 1 Baths
  • 0.72 Acres
  • 1,700 ft²

Single Family

2947 Camp Leonard Rd, Dunn, WI

MLS® #1825977

Rare Opportunity To Own Over 350 Feet Of Lake Waubesa Frontage! Amazing Location And Sunset Views! Build Your Dream Home Here Or Rehab The Existing Two Houses. Tenant Occupied And Would Prefer Only Evening And Weekend Showings. Properties Being Sold “as ...

Immaculate, Historical Home Nestled On A Large,...

NEW Photo of Listing #1827690

$795,000 Active

  • 5 Beds
  • Baths
  • 0.2 Acres
  • 3,340 ft²

Single Family

1920 Arlington Pl, Madison, WI

MLS® #1827690

Immaculate, Historical Home Nestled On A Large, Wooded Lot In West Madison’s Desirable University Heights Historic District. The Unique Architecture, Stunning Built-ins, And Impeccable Restoration Truly Make This A One-of-a-kind Home. Enjoy Multiple Living ...

University Heights Classic With Updates For Tod...

REDUCED 4% Photo of Listing #1827351

$765,000 Active

  • 5 Beds
  • Baths
  • 0.17 Acres
  • 3,368 ft²

Single Family

2025 Chadbourne Ave, Madison, WI

MLS® #1827351

University Heights Classic With Updates For Today's Living! This 3100 Sq. Ft Gorgeous Home With Custom Woodwork And Leaded-glass French Doors, Boasts 5 Beds, 3.5 Baths, A Large Living Room With Wood Burning Fp, Plus A Library & Sunroom! Sun-filled Kitchen...

Stunning Hillington Tudor That Offers The Best ...

NEW Photo of Listing #1828582

$750,000 Active

  • 5 Beds
  • Baths
  • 0.14 Acres
  • 2,558 ft²

Single Family

443 Virginia Ter, Madison, WI

MLS® #1828582

Stunning Hillington Tudor That Offers The Best Of Both Worlds - Historic Character And Charm, With Exceptional Modern Updates, Located In One Of Madison's Most Sought-after Established Neighborhoods. The Heart Of This Home Is Its Gourmet Kitchen With A Larg...

42 Acres. Painstakingly Renovated 1892 Farmhous...

REDUCED 6% Photo of Listing #1821535

$749,900 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...

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 ...

Beautiful Restored 4 Bdrm, 3 Bath Home In Unive...

Photo of Listing #1824523

$639,900 Offer-Show

  • 4 Beds
  • Baths
  • 0.14 Acres
  • 2,755 ft²

Single Family

201 Lathrop St, Madison, WI

MLS® #1824523

Beautiful Restored 4 Bdrm, 3 Bath Home In University Heights. This Home Is Ready For You To Move In! All The Charm Of An Old Home With Modern Conveniences. Warm Hardwood Floors, Original Woodwork, New Kitchen With Heated Tile Floor, Maple Cabinets And Grani...

Stately American Foursquare Beautifully Updated...

REDUCED 4% Photo of Listing #1825410

$625,000 Active

  • 4 Beds
  • Baths
  • 0.14 Acres
  • 2,763 ft²

Single Family

902 Garfield St, Madison, WI

MLS® #1825410

Stately American Foursquare Beautifully Updated While Preserving The Original Character Of The Home. Historic Details Including 8' Pocket Doors And Extensive Millwork. Remodeled Kitchen W/finishes That Honor The Time Period Including Cherry Cabinets, Bead B...

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

REDUCED 10% Photo of Listing #1808078

$607,500 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...

Wow This 4.97 Acres In The Town Of Verona Surro...

Photo of Listing #1824555

$599,000 Active

  • 3 Beds
  • 1 Baths
  • 4.97 Acres
  • 1,750 ft²

Single Family

6861 Cross Country Rd, Verona, WI

MLS® #1824555

Wow This 4.97 Acres In The Town Of Verona Surrounded By Redkin Soccer Fields And Woods , Just Minutes From Verona Schools And Down Town Verona And Epic. You Can Subdivide The Parcel Into Two Parcels Or Keep It As One. The Older House Has Been Updated With ...

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...

Charming 4 Bedroom W/lots Of Natural Light . Op...

NEW Photo of Listing #1828350

$588,000 Active

  • 4 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 0.25 Acres
  • 2,480 ft²

Single Family

1112 Edgehill Dr, Shorewood Hills, WI

MLS® #1828350

Charming 4 Bedroom W/lots Of Natural Light . Open Lr W/gas Fireplace, Dining Room W/huge Window Looking Out On Wooded Lot! Updated Kitchen W/stainless Appliances And Large Opening To Dining, 1st Floor Bedroom And Office/den W/built-ins Share Jack And Jill B...

Don't Miss The Rare Opportunity To Live In The ...

REDUCED 3% Photo of Listing #1821825

$569,900 Active

  • 4 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 0.22 Acres
  • 2,260 ft²

Single Family

2200 Arboretum Dr, Madison, WI

MLS® #1821825

Don't Miss The Rare Opportunity To Live In The Well Sought After Arboretum! Home Is Situated On A Picturesque Lot Overlooking Lake Wingra-just Minutes To Uw Campus, Hospitals, Monroe St., Downtown Etc...home Boasts Beautifully Refinished Hardwood Floors, N...

Motivated Seller! Stone Colonial Sits Atop A Hi...

Photo of Listing #1810350

$569,000 Active

  • 3 Beds
  • Baths
  • 0.22 Acres
  • 2,030 ft²

Single Family

3220 Topping Rd, Shorewood Hills, WI

MLS® #1810350

Motivated Seller! Stone Colonial Sits Atop A Hill Within Walking Distance To All That Shorewood Hills Has To Offer - Pool, School, Parks, Shops & Restaurants. Bright And Sunny, This Home Abounds With Natural Light Throughout, Including The Walkout Finished ...

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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