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...

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 ...

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...

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...

This Charming Colonial Home In The Heart Of Sho...

NEW Photo of Listing #1809940

$935,000 Offer-Show

  • 3 Beds
  • Baths
  • 0.45 Acres
  • 3,061 ft²

Single Family

3445 Crestwood Dr, Shorewood Hills, WI

MLS® #1809940

This Charming Colonial Home In The Heart Of Shorewood Hills Lies On A Beautiful Open Lot Near Lake Mendota. Picturesque Views, Arched Doorways, Beamed Ceilings, Hardwood Floors, And Spacious Rooms Will Delight Family And Friends. A Wonderfully Remodeled Kit...

Showings Start 6/10 At 12 Pm. Welcome Home To L...

REDUCED 3% Photo of Listing #1805928

$899,900 Active

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

Single Family

5118 Spring Ct, Madison, WI

MLS® #1805928

Showings Start 6/10 At 12 Pm. 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...

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...

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...

Stunning Colonial Home In The Historic Nakoma N...

NEW Photo of Listing #1810059

$849,000 Offer-Show

  • 4 Beds
  • Baths
  • 0.23 Acres
  • 3,408 ft²

Single Family

4134 Manitou Way, Madison, WI

MLS® #1810059

Stunning Colonial Home In The Historic Nakoma Neighborhood! With Views Of The 9th & 10th Tees Of Nakoma Golf Club This Light-filled Home Has Style Plus In Every Room. Formal Living And Dining Room, Completely Remodeled Open Kitchen & Family Room W/fireplace...

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. 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/gas Insert Fp. ...

Phenomenal Views Of Capitol, Monona Terrace And...

Photo of Listing #1806689

$700,000 Active

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

Single Family

1620 Waunona Way, Madison, WI

MLS® #1806689

Phenomenal Views Of Capitol, Monona Terrace And City Skyline Await You In This Unique Lake Home. Private Master Suite Oasis Offers Steam Shower, Whirlpool Tub, Wic, Private Balcony With Stunning Sunsets. The Beachside Bungalow Has ¾ Bath And Room To Relax. ...

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...

Showings Begin Sat 7/29. Stately, Architectural...

NEW Photo of Listing #1810182

$695,000 Active

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

Single Family

4170 Manitou Way, Madison, WI

MLS® #1810182

Showings Begin Sat 7/29. 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. En...

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

REDUCED 5% Photo of Listing #1798748

$650,000 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...

Striking, Light & Airy Arts & Crafts Home In Vi...

Photo of Listing #1805029

$649,900 Offer-Show

  • 3 Beds
  • Baths
  • 0.17 Acres
  • 2,505 ft²

Single Family

1805 Madison St, Madison, WI

MLS® #1805029

Striking, Light & Airy Arts & Crafts Home In Vilas Park On Exceptional Lot! Spacious Floor Plan With High Ceilings, French Door, Hardwood Floors, Crown Molding & Stunning Sunroom. Charming Restored Kitchen With Pantry. Finished Basement Has Attractive Space...

Beautiful, Nakoma Home On A Short, Quiet St. We...

REDUCED 1% Photo of Listing #1807803

$635,000 Active

  • 3 Beds
  • Baths
  • 0.2 Acres
  • 2,899 ft²

Single Family

3630 Spring Tr, Madison, WI

MLS® #1807803

Beautiful, Nakoma Home On A Short, Quiet St. Well Maintained! South-facing For Year-round Light & For Perennial Gardens. Great House For A Family And Entertaining. Many Extras: Original Woodwork, Fireplaces, Third-floor Study Or Extra Room, Finished Ll Bath...

Charming, Classic 4 Bedroom, 2 Story Home On Co...

REDUCED 2% Photo of Listing #1805037

$599,000 Offer-Show

  • 4 Beds
  • Baths
  • 0.14 Acres
  • 2,260 ft²

Single Family

518 Virginia Terr, Madison, WI

MLS® #1805037

Charming, Classic 4 Bedroom, 2 Story Home On Coveted, Quiet Cul-de-sac In Popular Regent/monroe Street Neighborhood. Main Level Has Wood Burning Fp In Lr, Formal Dining Room, Lovely Screened Porch & Open Kitchen/great Room With Gas Fireplace & Walk Out To P...

Showings Begin July 28 At 6pm. Historical And ...

NEW Photo of Listing #1809337

$595,000 Active

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

Single Family

1626 Jefferson St, Madison, WI

MLS® #1809337

Showings Begin July 28 At 6pm. Historical And Beautiful With 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 Distr...

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. ...

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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