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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162 Properties Found. Page 1 of 7

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...

Maple Bluff Tudor Designed By Frank Riley.intri...

REDUCED 4% Photo of Listing #1834245

$1,150,000 Active

  • 6 Beds
  • Baths
  • 0.37 Acres
  • 5,000 ft²

Single Family

50 Cambridge Rd, Maple Bluff, WI

MLS® #1834245

Maple Bluff Tudor Designed By Frank Riley.intricate, Preserved Woodwork, Leaded Windows, Details In Every Space That Help Make This Home Incredible. Master Suite Has A Lovely Sitting Room With Recently Remodeled Bath, 2nd Floor Laundry, Main Level Office Sp...

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...

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

Photo of Listing #1828863

$849,900 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 ...

Beautiful Nakoma Tudor! 4 Br, 2 Full Ba W/renov...

Photo of Listing #1835875

$845,000 Active

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

Single Family

714 Oneida Pl, Madison, WI

MLS® #1835875

Beautiful Nakoma Tudor! 4 Br, 2 Full Ba W/renovated Chefs Kitchen, Separate Sub Zero Fridge & Freezer, Wolf Range, Dbl Ovens, 2 Copper Sinks, Granite & Wood Block Island. Rare 3-car Heated Garage W/storage Above. Bathroom Remodeled 2017 W/heated Floors. New...

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 ...

The Epitome Of Living Downtown On Lake Mendota!...

Photo of Listing #1832229

$799,900 Offer-Show

  • 3 Beds
  • Baths
  • 0.25 Acres
  • 2,628 ft²

Single Family

1020 Sherman Ave, Madison, WI

MLS® #1832229

The Epitome Of Living Downtown On Lake Mendota! Stunning Home On The Coveted Sherman Avenue With Walkability Rating Of 100%, Great Location For Biking Too. Breathtaking Water Views From Most Rooms, Large Master Suite With New Bath, Eat In Kitchen And Forma...

Beautiful Queen Anne Gem On Lake Mendota, Just ...

Photo of Listing #1833195

$799,000 Offer-Show

  • 5 Beds
  • Baths
  • 0.19 Acres
  • 2,362 ft²

Single Family

1054 Sherman Ave, Madison, WI

MLS® #1833195

Beautiful Queen Anne Gem On Lake Mendota, Just A Few Blocks From Tenney Park. Listed On The National Historic Register, This Home Was Built In 1897 For The Goodchap Family. It Offers A Gracious Front Porch, Eleven-foot Ceilings, Hardwood Floors, A Newly Rem...

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...

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

REDUCED 6% Photo of Listing #1827690

$750,000 Offer-Show

  • 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 ...

Historically Significant, Eye Catching Bungalow...

REDUCED 1% Photo of Listing #1828012

$725,000 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 ...

University Heights Classic With Updates For Tod...

REDUCED 4% Photo of Listing #1827351

$699,900 Offer-Show

  • 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...

42 Acres. Painstakingly Renovated 1892 Farmhous...

REDUCED 7% Photo of Listing #1821535

$699,900 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...

Completely Updated 1937 Colonial In Beautiful N...

NEW Photo of Listing #1835685

$675,000 Active

  • 3 Beds
  • Baths
  • 0.2 Acres
  • 2,773 ft²

Single Family

704 Huron Hill, Madison, WI

MLS® #1835685

Completely Updated 1937 Colonial In Beautiful Nakoma! Best Features Include: Remodeled Kitchen With Gas Range/hood, Breakfast Bar, Granite And Stainless Steel Appliances. Family Room Addition, With Vaulted Ceilings And Gas Fireplace. Beautiful Hardwood Flo...

1st Time On The Market In 40 Years, This 1872 C...

Photo of Listing #1830188

$649,000 Offer-Show

  • 3 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 0.1 Acres
  • 1,902 ft²

Single Family

101 S Franklin St, Madison, WI

MLS® #1830188

1st Time On The Market In 40 Years, This 1872 Cream Brick Landmark Sits On A Beautifully Landscaped Corner Lot In A Quiet Downtown Enclave Just 4 Blocks From The Capitol. It Has Been Meticulously Restored & Maintained By Its Artist-owners & Features The Ori...

First Settlement!! The "nelson House" Excellent...

Photo of Listing #1835472

$624,900 Active

  • 3 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 0.07 Acres
  • 2,182 ft²

Single Family

504 E Main St, Madison, WI

MLS® #1835472

First Settlement!! The "nelson House" Excellent Condition, Updated Kitchen & Bathrooms, Newer Wiring & Roof. All Brick Exterior In Excellent Condition. Renovation Designs & Masonry Were Done By An Architect & Mason Contractor. Upper & Lower Enclosed Porches...

Own A Piece Of History! This Claude & Starck Or...

Photo of Listing #1831950

$610,000 Offer-Show

  • 5 Beds
  • Baths
  • 0.09 Acres
  • 2,890 ft²

Single Family

1051 Spaight St, Madison, WI

MLS® #1831950

Own A Piece Of History! This Claude & Starck Original Is Everything That Is Wonderful About Madison! This Charming Three-unit, With Stunning Details, Overlooks Orton Park. Oak Paneling, Built-in China Cabinet With Stained Glass Doors, Corner Fireplace, Hard...

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...

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 ...

Modern Updates With Preserved Historic Charm. Q...

Photo of Listing #1834148

$598,000 Offer-Show

  • 4 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 0.17 Acres
  • 2,478 ft²

Single Family

2112 Regent St, Madison, WI

MLS® #1834148

Modern Updates With Preserved Historic Charm. Quick Walk To University, Groceries, Restaurants, Schools. Many Updates: Gas Fireplace, Insulation, Cement Board Siding, Double-glazed Marvin Windows, Central Air. Hardwood Floors. Original Built-ins. Remodeled ...

Make An Offer! We're Open. Old World Charm, Uni...

Photo of Listing #1831536

$595,000 Active

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

Single Family

4185 Nakoma Rd, Madison, WI

MLS® #1831536

Make An Offer! We're Open. Old World Charm, Unique One Of A Kind. This Magnificent Home Has Too Many Amenities For The Space Allowed. Please Click On The Letter "d" Upper Right Of Page For More Information. Large Livingroom W/ Fireplace, Cathedral Ceiling, ...

Open House Sunday, 7/17 11:30-1pm. Huge Price ...

REDUCED 2% Photo of Listing #1830510

$588,000 Active

  • 3 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 0.08 Acres
  • 1,814 ft²

Single Family

1118 Van Buren St, Madison, WI

MLS® #1830510

Open House Sunday, 7/17 11:30-1pm. Huge Price Reduction! Hear The Lions Roar... Wonderful Home Across From Vilas Park, The Zoo, Walking Trails And Lake Wingra. Much Of The Original Beauty And Craftsmanship Intact. Wonderful, Light-filled Home Features Liv...

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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