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...

Gorgeous Colonial Nestled Between Burrows Park ...

REDUCED 6% Photo of Listing #1838950

$1,600,000 Active

  • 4 Beds
  • 5 Baths
  • 0.21 Acres
  • 4,941 ft²

Single Family

44 Burrows Rd, Maple Bluff, WI

MLS® #1838950

Gorgeous Colonial Nestled Between Burrows Park And Lake Mendota With 60 Feet Of Frontage In The Village Of Maple Bluff. Curl Up In Front Of The Fireplace Or Entertain On The Spacious Patio. Plenty Of Guest Space With A First Floor Bedroom And Bathroom. Upda...

Stunning, Remodeled Home - 40' Of Lake Mendota ...

REDUCED 4% Photo of Listing #1843046

$1,300,000 Active

  • 4 Beds
  • Baths
  • 0.39 Acres
  • 3,495 ft²

Single Family

1004 Sherman Ave, Madison, WI

MLS® #1843046

Stunning, Remodeled Home - 40' Of Lake Mendota Frontage! You Could Spend Days In The Master Suite With Its Deck Overlooking The Lake (a Perfect Place To Enjoy The Hot Tub,) Its Walk-in Closet, & Incredible Bathroom W/steam Shower + Soaking Tub, But Then You...

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 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 ...

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 ...

One Of A Kind Dry Lake Monona Home Back On The ...

Photo of Listing #1838893

$800,000 Active

  • 4 Beds
  • Baths
  • 0.26 Acres
  • 3,499 ft²

Single Family

1620 Waunona Way, Madison, WI

MLS® #1838893

One Of A Kind Dry Lake Monona Home Back On The Market After Extensive Updates. This Home Is An Entertainer’s Dream. Ml Features: Open Floor Plan Takes Advantage Of The Views, Large Eat-in Kitchen, Huge Living/dining Rm, 4-season Porch W/ Gas Fp, Cherry Floo...

Just Reduced $26,000! Plus A Rare 3-car Garage ...

REDUCED 3% Photo of Listing #1839411

$799,000 Active

  • 4 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 0.22 Acres
  • 3,072 ft²

Single Family

714 Oneida Pl, Madison, WI

MLS® #1839411

Just Reduced $26,000! Plus A Rare 3-car Garage In Nakoma! This Classic Tudor Home Was Remodeled In 2012 With Keeping It's Deep Tradition & Character In Mind. Chef's Kitchen With Wolf Range/double Ovens Perfect For Entertaining! Large Sub Zero Refrigerator/f...

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

REDUCED 3% Photo of Listing #1836977

$777,000 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...

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...

The Nakoma Forever Home You Have Been Waiting F...

REDUCED 1% Photo of Listing #1842024

$774,900 Active

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

Single Family

1142 Waban Hill, Madison, WI

MLS® #1842024

The Nakoma Forever Home You Have Been Waiting For! Gorgeous, Spacious, 4br/2.5 Ba Home Offers Modern Living While Maintaining The History & Charm Of A 1926 Tudor. Main Lvl Features: Large Living Rm W/beautiful Wood Burning Fireplace, Office, Formal Dining, ...

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...

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

REDUCED 2% Photo of Listing #1842672

$650,000 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...

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 ...

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)...

Rich In Character & Charm, You Don’t Want To Mi...

Photo of Listing #1841386

$610,000 Active

  • 3 Beds
  • Baths
  • 0.17 Acres
  • 2,014 ft²

Single Family

210 Forest St, Madison, WI

MLS® #1841386

Rich In Character & Charm, You Don’t Want To Miss This 3-bed Home Located In The Sought-after Historical University Heights District, Just A Short Walk To Some Of Madison’s Top Destinations: Camp Randall, Uw, Monroe St & More! Hardwoods, Tall Windows, Built...

Vilas Home W/as Much Personality As The Neighbo...

Photo of Listing #1843838

$600,000 Offer-Show

  • 4 Beds
  • Baths
  • 0.18 Acres
  • 2,940 ft²

Single Family

1112 Grant St, Madison, WI

MLS® #1843838

Vilas Home W/as Much Personality As The Neighborhood. Beautiful Woodwork W/ Bright Open Sun Filled Rooms. Home Has So Much Potential To Make Your Dream Home W/lots Of Space & Options. Main Level Offers Generous Dining Room, Lr, Office, Kitchen And Large Sun...

This Farmstead Offers Endless Potential For Dev...

REDUCED 8% Photo of Listing #1818535

$599,900 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 ...

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...

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 (285 Ft. Away 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 ...

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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