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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Historic Zurbuchen Family Farm. This Farm Has B...

Photo of Listing #1808404

$2,430,000 Active

  • 5 Beds
  • Baths
  • 180 Acres
  • 2,575 ft²

Single Family

2216 Spring Rose Rd, Springdale, WI

MLS® #1808404

Historic Zurbuchen Family Farm. This Farm Has Been In The Same Family For Nearly 100 Years. 180+ Acres With 130 Tillable. Beautiful Folk/farm Home, Large Kitchen & Pantry, Crown Molding & Original Woodwork Throughout. Five Bedrooms Upstairs, Large Porch Ove...

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

Photo of Listing #1812889

$1,535,000 Active

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

Single Family

1717 Gammeter Rd, Springdale, WI

MLS® #1812889

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 & Day Dream For Hours! Or Go Hiking Or Horse Back Riding On The Many Trails Through...

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

Photo of Listing #1807236

$1,490,000 Active

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

Single Family

3402 Monroe St, Madison, WI

MLS® #1807236

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

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...

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

Photo of Listing #1812890

$950,000 Active

  • 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...

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

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! Motivated Sellers Are Looking For Creative And Motivated Buyers For This Incredible Property That Features Over 350' Of Water Frontage On Lake Waubesa. Set Up Your Showing Today!

Must-see 2story, Nestled In Shorewood Hills Off...

Photo of Listing #1808356

$874,900 Active

  • 4 Beds
  • Baths
  • 0.22 Acres
  • 3,808 ft²

Single Family

3133 Oxford Rd, Shorewood Hills, WI

MLS® #1808356

Must-see 2story, Nestled In Shorewood Hills Off Lake Mendota Offers 3300 Sq Ft Of Living Space. Well-appointed Interior W/ample Natural Light, Refinished Hardwoods, Custom Stonework, Fp. Flexible Floorplan Offers 4 Bedrooms, 3.5 Bathrms, 2nd Flr Master Suit...

Welcome Home To Lake Living! Rare Opportunity T...

NEW Photo of Listing #1814715

$849,900 Offer-Show

  • 4 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 0.32 Acres
  • 2,970 ft²

Single Family

5118 Spring Ct, Madison, WI

MLS® #1814715

Welcome Home To Lake Living! Rare Opportunity To Live On Lake Mendota! 55 Ft. Of Frontage! This 4 Br, 2 Full Bath Home Has A Huge Kitchen W/breakfast Bar, Kitchen Island, Double Ovens & Gas Range. Eat In Kitchen & Casual Dining! Hearth Area W/glass Patio Do...

Rare Opportunity! 7.73 Acres Zoned For Horses A...

Photo of Listing #1806556

$799,900 Active

  • 3 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 7.73 Acres
  • 2,792 ft²

Single Family

2757 Door Creek Rd, Pleasant Springs, WI

MLS® #1806556

Rare Opportunity! 7.73 Acres Zoned For Horses And To Run A Business With Some Lc-1. Completely Renovated Farm House With Substantial Addition. Huge Wrap Around Porch To Enjoy The Serenity Of Country Living 5 Minutes To 12/18. Home Office And Two Additional ...

Enchanted Storybook Home Located In The Heart O...

REDUCED 1% Photo of Listing #1802451

$799,000 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. Elegant Interior Boasting Rich Wood Trim, Refin Hdwd Floors, Charming Archways & Fr Doors. Updated Kitchen W/solid Surface Counters, Ss Appliances And Lg Eating Area. Fdr Opens To Large Lr W/...

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

NEW Photo of Listing #1808078

$719,900 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...

This Gem Located Within Minutes From Madison An...

REDUCED 2% Photo of Listing #1810529

$710,000 Active

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

Single Family

4658 Hwy 92, Rutland, WI

MLS® #1810529

This Gem Located Within Minutes From Madison And Janesville Allows Peace And Enjoyment, Yet Provides An Investment For Development, Business, And Agricultural Pursuits. A National Folk Farm With A Well Maintained Pre-civil War House And Three Outbuildings W...

The Perfect Blend Of Modern Amenities And Class...

REDUCED 7% Photo of Listing #1788315

$699,000 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 ...

Price Reduced! Phenomenal Views Of The City Sky...

REDUCED 2% Photo of Listing #1806689

$660,000 Active

  • 3 Beds
  • Baths
  • 0.26 Acres
  • 2,110 ft²

Single Family

1620 Waunona Way, Madison, WI

MLS® #1806689

Price Reduced! Phenomenal Views Of The City Skyline Await You In This Gorgeous Lake Home! Features A Spacious & Open Layout, Large Kitchen W/ Island, 4-season Sunroom, 2-car+ Garage, 51-feet Of Frontage, Pier & Boat Lift. Private Master Suite Oasis Offers S...

Meticulously-maintained And Updated Tudor Reviv...

NEW Photo of Listing #1814709

$630,000 Active

  • 3 Beds
  • Baths
  • 0.26 Acres
  • 2,835 ft²

Single Family

729 Huron Hill, Madison, WI

MLS® #1814709

Meticulously-maintained And Updated Tudor Revival In Historic Nakoma! The Perfect Blend Of Old World Charm And Modern Convenience. Main Level Boasts Original Woodwork & Fixtures; Formal Living & Dining Rooms; Gas Fireplace; Sun Room W/walkout To Screened Po...

Beautiful Jewel In The Hillington/monroe Neighb...

REDUCED 2% Photo of Listing #1812853

$614,900 Active

  • 3 Beds
  • Baths
  • 0.2 Acres
  • 2,263 ft²

Single Family

2236 Commonwealth Ave, Madison, WI

MLS® #1812853

Beautiful Jewel In The Hillington/monroe Neighborhood. Extensive, Tasteful & Useful Renovations Completed By Associated Housewrights In 2010. Period Hardwood Floors And White Trim Featured Throughout This Sunny, Open, Spacious Home. Patio & Br Deck Provide ...

Stately, Architecturally Detailed, French Provi...

REDUCED 4% Photo of Listing #1810182

$610,000 Offer-Show

  • 4 Beds
  • Baths
  • 0.28 Acres
  • 3,154 ft²

Single Family

4170 Manitou Way, Madison, WI

MLS® #1810182

Stately, Architecturally Detailed, French Provincial Home In The Heart Of Nakoma. Modern, Yet Classic Details. High-end Kitchen That Overlooks Private Backyard. Multiple Living Spaces And Finished Ll With Family Room & Full Bath. Enjoy The Serenity Of The O...

No Showing Till Open House, 9/10. Beautiful Tur...

Photo of Listing #1813860

$599,900 Active

  • 4 Beds
  • Baths
  • 0.17 Acres
  • 2,235 ft²

Single Family

2114 Vilas Ave, Madison, WI

MLS® #1813860

No Showing Till Open House, 9/10. Beautiful Turn-of-the-century Home Located At End Of Vilas Ave. Views Overlooking Vilas Park & Lake Wingra! Master W/private Sunroom. Good Closet Space. Formal Dining Rm. Main Flr Office. Partially Finished Lower Level W/an...

The Perfect Blend Of Old World Charm And Modern...

REDUCED 3% Photo of Listing #1812089

$599,900 Offer-Show

  • 4 Beds
  • Baths
  • 0.14 Acres
  • 2,615 ft²

Single Family

2246 Rowley Ave, Madison, WI

MLS® #1812089

The Perfect Blend Of Old World Charm And Modern Convenience. Renovated Home In Desirable West Lawn Heights Neighborhood. Lg Windows Make This 4 Bdrm 3.5 Bath Home Bright & Refreshing. Hw Floors Throughout. Beautiful Kitchen Has Ss Appliances, Granite Coun...

Welcome To This Charming Vilas Home, Blending E...

REDUCED 8% Photo of Listing #1810444

$599,000 Active

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

Single Family

1440 Vilas Ave, Madison, WI

MLS® #1810444

Welcome To This Charming Vilas Home, Blending Early 20th Century Character With Many Updates And Adorned With Gorgeous Perennial Gardens. Home Faces Bear Mound Park – A Perfect Spot For Play, Picnics Or Just To Relax In Nature! Main Floor Living, Dining, Su...

Huge Price Reduction! Unique Farmette Sitting O...

Photo of Listing #1795525

$594,899 Active

  • 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...

This Magnificent Home Has Too Many Amenities Fo...

Photo of Listing #1805675

$589,000 Active

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

Single Family

4185 Nakoma Rd, Madison, WI

MLS® #1805675

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 Living Room W/stone Fireplace, Cathedral Ceiling, Crown Molding, Freshly Refinished Wood Floors. The 1000 Sq. ...

If You Are Looking For That Perfect Little Hors...

Photo of Listing #1805847

$580,000 Active

  • 3 Beds
  • Baths
  • 39.8 Acres
  • 1,700 ft²

Single Family

1445 Kraby Dr, Christiana, WI

MLS® #1805847

If You Are Looking For That Perfect Little Horse Farm, Or Just Have A Lot Of Toys, You Will Want To Look At This Property. Awesome Home With A Huge Wrap Around Porch, 3 Car Detached Garage, Beautiful Woodwork, And Hardwood Floors Through Out. A Small Horse ...

A Must See Historical And Beautiful Home In An ...

REDUCED 3% Photo of Listing #1809337

$575,000 Active

  • 4 Beds
  • Baths
  • 0.17 Acres
  • 1,944 ft²

Single Family

1626 Jefferson St, Madison, WI

MLS® #1809337

A Must See Historical And Beautiful Home In An Amazing Location! Almost 2,000 Sq Ft Home Plus Huge Potential To Finish Off Approx. 750 Sq Ft In 3rd Floor/attic Makes This A Perfect Home Just Off Monroe St Near Vilas Zoo In Highly Desired School District. Ha...

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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