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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An Extraordinary Property In An Ultra-hot Madis...

Photo of Listing #1798574

$1,690,000 Active

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

Single Family

3402 Monroe St, Madison, WI

MLS® #1798574

An Extraordinary Property In An Ultra-hot Madison Neighborhood. Arbor House Offers Two Remarkable Homes: A National Award-winning Annex With Dramatic, Timber-framed Great Room Next To A Fully Updated National Landmark. Both With Five Bedrooms, Luxurious Bat...

A Warm & Inviting Home Of Distinction, This Nak...

REDUCED 4% Photo of Listing #1793563

$1,199,000 Offer-Show

  • 5 Beds
  • Baths
  • 0.38 Acres
  • 4,378 ft²

Single Family

3614 Spring Tr, Madison, WI

MLS® #1793563

A Warm & Inviting Home Of Distinction, This Nakoma Tudor Home Was Elegantly Renovated In 2011 With Superior Craftsmanship & Premium Products Throughout. Almost 4,400 Square Ft. This Home Offers A Large Gourmet Kitchen With Granite Counters & 6-burner Wolf S...

Luxury, History, And Charm Abound In This Nakom...

REDUCED 8% Photo of Listing #1796113

$1,099,000 Active

  • 4 Beds
  • Baths
  • 0.24 Acres
  • 4,853 ft²

Single Family

726 Oneida Pl, Madison, WI

MLS® #1796113

Luxury, History, And Charm Abound In This Nakoma Masterpiece. Included Is The Adjacent Vacant Lot (720 Oneida Pl) Which Is Buildable, Sellable, Or Available For Expansion. Welcome To The Carter House, An Immaculately Maintained Pre-depression Tudor Classic...

Old World Charm Meets Modern Conveniences. This...

Photo of Listing #1799588

$999,900 Active

  • 5 Beds
  • Baths
  • 0.19 Acres
  • 4,500 ft²

Single Family

828 Prospect Pl, Madison, WI

MLS® #1799588

Old World Charm Meets Modern Conveniences. This 1910 Craftsman Style Has A Wood Burning Fireplace, Crown And Baseboard Moldings, Oak And Maple Hardwood Floors And Updated Kitchen With Stainless Steel Appliances. Most Rooms View Lake Mendota, & There’s Slid...

The Storybook House! Enchanting Frank Riley Des...

REDUCED 9% Photo of Listing #1800947

$995,000 Active

  • 3 Beds
  • Baths
  • 0.22 Acres
  • 2,990 ft²

Single Family

2114 Van Hise Ave, Madison, WI

MLS® #1800947

The Storybook House! Enchanting Frank Riley Designed Home Restored To Pristine Condition Creating Home Of Sublime Beauty And Modern Conveniences. Gracious Foyer With Wide, Curved Stairway To Second Level; Dark Oak And Pine Floors And Trim. Master Suite With...

Privacy In Shorewood Hills. Classic Lake Front...

REDUCED 10% Photo of Listing #1799632

$995,000 Offer-Show

  • 5 Beds
  • Baths
  • 0.33 Acres
  • 3,237 ft²

Single Family

3334 Lake Mendota Dr, Shorewood Hills, WI

MLS® #1799632

Privacy In Shorewood Hills. Classic Lake Front Home That Borders Shorewood Beach Giving You Privacy Not Found Often In Shorewood. The Location Here Can't Be Beat, Close To The University, Hospitals, Picnic Point, And The Revitalized Hilldale With All Its ...

Gorgeous Rolling 26 Acre Property With Amazing ...

Photo of Listing #1795012

$995,000 Offer-Show

  • 4 Beds
  • 1 Baths
  • 26 Acres
  • 2,200 ft²

Single Family

3151 Shady Oak Ln, Verona, WI

MLS® #1795012

Gorgeous Rolling 26 Acre Property With Amazing Views All The Way To Blue Mounds. Located Perfectly Between Madison's West Side And Epic. Wooded Private Driveway Takes You To Home Located On 6 Semi-wooded Acres. Twenty Add'l Tillable Acres. Property Is Ready...

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

Photo of Listing #1794643

$995,000 Active

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

Single Family

2049 Skaalen Rd, Pleasant Springs, WI

MLS® #1794643

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...

Nestled Among The Majestic Trees In The Heart O...

REDUCED 13% Photo of Listing #1775386

$995,000 Offer-Show

  • 4 Beds
  • 4 Baths
  • 0.33 Acres
  • 4,177 ft²

Single Family

1525 Sumac Dr, Shorewood Hills, WI

MLS® #1775386

Nestled Among The Majestic Trees In The Heart Of Shorewood Hills And Just One Block From The Lake, There’s A Spectacular Family Home Awaiting You. This Beautiful 4 Bdrm, 4 Bath Home Includes 4 Fireplaces With An Open Floor Plan. The Great Room Off The Kitch...

Treat Yourself To A Contemporary Yet Private La...

REDUCED 3% Photo of Listing #1794867

$950,000 Active

  • 5 Beds
  • 4 Baths
  • 0.28 Acres
  • 3,826 ft²

Single Family

2508 Waunona Way, Madison, WI

MLS® #1794867

Treat Yourself To A Contemporary Yet Private Lake Home With Capitol Views. Mature Oak Trees, Gardens, A Separate Lakeside Stone Fireplace In A Private Setting, Multiple Decks At Different Levels, And A Perfect Frontage Make This A Tranquil Retreat On The La...

Huge Lot With Tons Of Water Frontage! Looking ...

Photo of Listing #1795305

$875,000 Active

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

Single Family

2947 Camp Leonard Rd, Dunn, WI

MLS® #1795305

Huge Lot With Tons Of Water Frontage! Looking To Live Lakeside? Then This Is It! Binoculars Are Not Needed To See The Water On This Property As You Will Have An Unbelievable 350’ Of Water Frontage That Is Only 22’ From The House! Enjoy The Serenity Of T...

Enchanted Storybook Home Located In The Heart O...

Photo of Listing #1802451

$850,000 Active

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

Single Family

3108 Oxford Rd, Shorewood Hills, WI

MLS® #1802451

Enchanted Storybook Home Located In The Heart Of Shorewood Hills. Beautiful Interior Boasting Rich Wood Trim, Hdwd Floors, Charming Archways & French Doors. Updated Kitchen W/solid Surface Counters And Lg Eating Area. Fdr Opens To Large Lr W/wood Burning Fp...

Located On 62 Ft. Of Lake Monona Shoreline With...

REDUCED 7% Photo of Listing #1781989

$780,000 Offer-Show

  • 3 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 0.32 Acres
  • 2,956 ft²

Single Family

4017 Monona Dr, Monona, WI

MLS® #1781989

Located On 62 Ft. Of Lake Monona Shoreline With Magnificent Views Of Our Capitol And Amazing Sunsets, This Beautiful English Tudor Keeps Old World Charm With Contemporary Updates To Create Open Living Areas W/lots Of Glass & Water Views. Patio Doors Open T...

The Perfect Blend Of Modern Amenities And Class...

REDUCED 3% Photo of Listing #1788315

$775,000 Active

  • 5 Beds
  • Baths
  • 0.34 Acres
  • 3,624 ft²

Single Family

37 Old Shore Rd, Maple Bluff, WI

MLS® #1788315

The Perfect Blend Of Modern Amenities And Classic Charm And Character. This 1920's Brick Home Offers The Lifestyle Of An Executive Home With The Everyday Comforts You Desire. Chef's Kitchen Features Subzero And Viking Appliances, Granite Counters, Built In ...

A Frank Riley Designed Colonial Revival Home, T...

Photo of Listing #1803081

$725,000 Offer-Show

  • 3 Beds
  • Baths
  • 0.26 Acres
  • 2,665 ft²

Single Family

4126 Manitou Way, Madison, WI

MLS® #1803081

A Frank Riley Designed Colonial Revival Home, The Giessel Home Has Views Of The 9th & 10th Tees Of Nakoma Golf Club. Remodeled In 2010, This Gorgeous Home Boasts A Large Kitchen With Honed Granite Counter-tops, Stainless Steel Kitchen-aid Appliances, Butche...

Unique Farmette Sitting On 27 Acres That Offers...

REDUCED 10% Photo of Listing #1795525

$699,900 Active

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

Single Family

3408 Elvehjem Rd, Dunn, WI

MLS® #1795525

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 Extra Outbuildings Inclu...

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

Photo of Listing #1794644

$699,900 Active

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

Single Family

2049 Skaalen Rd, Pleasant Springs, WI

MLS® #1794644

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...

Charming Vilas Dutch Colonial With 4 Brs And 2....

REDUCED 2% Photo of Listing #1798748

$685,000 Active

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

Single Family

1440 Vilas Ave, Madison, WI

MLS® #1798748

Charming Vilas Dutch Colonial With 4 Brs And 2.5 Baths Blends Early 20th Century Character With Many Updates. Bear Mound Park & Gorgeous Perennial Gardens With Window Boxes Visible From Living/dining Areas, Sunroom, & Screened Porch. Updated Kitchen With Cu...

Charming Colonial On The North Shore Of Lake Me...

Photo of Listing #1795514

$650,000 Active

  • 4 Beds
  • Baths
  • 0.37 Acres
  • 2,104 ft²

Single Family

1005 Woodward Dr, Madison, WI

MLS® #1795514

Charming Colonial On The North Shore Of Lake Mendota, 65 Feet Of Frontage With A Gradual Slope, Deep Lot With A 2 Car Detached Garage. This Home Is An Exceptional Value, Enjoy All That Lake Living Has To Offer, Bike To Governors Island Or Maple Bluff Count...

Enjoy Your Morning Coffee On The Stone Patio Ov...

Photo of Listing #1800944

$625,000 Offer-Show

  • 3 Beds
  • Baths
  • 0.08 Acres
  • 2,146 ft²

Single Family

1620 Yahara Pl, Madison, WI

MLS® #1800944

Enjoy Your Morning Coffee On The Stone Patio Overlooking Yahara Place Park And Beautiful Lake Monona. Meticulously Maintained English Tudor W/ Remodeled Kitchen Including Cherry Cabinets, Granite Counters, Brazilian Cherry Flooring & Pella Windows. Formal L...

Lovely Tudor Tastefully Renovated To Preserve O...

Photo of Listing #1799948

$585,000 Offer-Show

  • 3 Beds
  • Baths
  • 0.22 Acres
  • 2,525 ft²

Single Family

3721 Council Crest, Madison, WI

MLS® #1799948

Lovely Tudor Tastefully Renovated To Preserve Original Character And Create A Home Of Refinement And Modern Conveniences. Hardwood Floors And Trim; Leaded Windows; Spacious, Light-filled Rooms. Distinctive Wood Burning Fireplace; First Floor Office; Four Se...

A Must-see, One-of-a-kind Historic Home In Madi...

REDUCED 12% Photo of Listing #1784493

$569,000 Offer-Show

  • 4 Beds
  • Baths
  • 0.28 Acres
  • 3,018 ft²

Single Family

1711 Van Hise Ave, Madison, WI

MLS® #1784493

A Must-see, One-of-a-kind Historic Home In Madison’s Most Beautiful And Sought-after Neighborhoods. Featured In The University Heights Walking Tour, This Expansive Bungalow Home Is Set On A Rare Double Lot With A 2-car Garage. It Boasts A Huge Front Sitting...

A Historic Home Circa Late 1800's Across From R...

Photo of Listing #1798343

$559,000 Offer-Show

  • 4 Beds
  • Baths
  • 0.17 Acres
  • 2,328 ft²

Single Family

16 N Roby Rd, Madison, WI

MLS® #1798343

A Historic Home Circa Late 1800's Across From Randall Elementary School. Many Updates To Its Design Over The Years, Including A Remodeled And Expanded Kitchen, A 2nd Floor Office W/ 2 Walls Of Windows, 1st Floor 1/2 Bath, And A 3rd Floor Bedroom/office With...

Classic 4 Br, 2 ½ Bath Nakoma Colonial Home. Ma...

Photo of Listing #1801583

$550,000 Active

  • 4 Beds
  • Baths
  • 0.27 Acres
  • 2,550 ft²

Single Family

4250 Manitou Way, Madison, WI

MLS® #1801583

Classic 4 Br, 2 ½ Bath Nakoma Colonial Home. Many Fine Features Includes Formal Lr W/gas Fireplace & Crown Molding. Formal Dr W/built-in Corner Hutch. Hw Floors Under Most Carpet. Lots Of Natural Light In The Den/sun Rm. Kit Features Classic White Cabinets,...

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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