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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182 Properties Found. Page 1 of 8

Farms Like This Do Not Come Up Very Often. 198...

NEW 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 ...

NEW 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 ...

Gorgeous Colonial Nestled Between Burrows Park ...

REDUCED 3% Photo of Listing #1838950

$1,700,000 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...

No Showings Until 9/19/18. The North House Is L...

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

No Showings Until 9/19/18. 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. Sw...

Vrp $1,250,000-$1,490,000. Extraordinary Opport...

Photo of Listing #1837413

$1,250,000 Active

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

Single Family

3402 Monroe St, Madison, WI

MLS® #1837413

Vrp $1,250,000-$1,490,000. Extraordinary Opportunity To Live In An Award-winning Home With Potential To Cover The Mortgage And Expenses With Airbnb Income. Two Remarkable Houses On A Tree-filled Lot: A Sustainably Designed Eco-lodge With Dramatic Timber-fra...

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

REDUCED 4% Photo of Listing #1834245

$1,150,000 Offer-Show

  • 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 Offer-Show

  • 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...

Historical Lost City Home In The Heart Of The A...

Photo of Listing #1837820

$1,000,000 Active

  • 3 Beds
  • Baths
  • 0.25 Acres
  • 2,450 ft²

Single Family

2530 Marshall Pky, Madison, WI

MLS® #1837820

Historical Lost City Home In The Heart Of The Arboretum, On 2.5 Wooded Lots. Home Has Been Completely Remodeled, But The Original Charm Is Still Present. Owner Added Studio/office With Private Entry. Hardwood Floors Throughout, Living Room With Fireplace Re...

Showings To Begin Friday, September 14th At 10a...

Photo of Listing #1841026

$975,000 Active

  • 5 Beds
  • Baths
  • 0.38 Acres
  • 2,934 ft²

Single Family

324 Lakewood Blvd, Maple Bluff, WI

MLS® #1841026

Showings To Begin Friday, September 14th At 10am. 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...

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 ...

Classic Nakoma Tudor Is Home Back On The Market...

REDUCED 2% Photo of Listing #1839411

$825,000 Active

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

Single Family

714 Oneida Pl, Madison, WI

MLS® #1839411

Classic Nakoma Tudor Is Home Back On The Market! This Stunner Was Remodeled In 2012 Keeping It's Deep Tradition & Character In Mind. Chef's Kitchen With Wolf Range/double Ovens Perfect For Entertaining! Large Sub Zero Refrigerator/freezer, Huge Butcher-bloc...

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 Lake Monona Home W/ Lakeside Bung...

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 Lake Monona Home W/ Lakeside Bungalow 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/ Ga...

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

Photo of Listing #1836977

$799,900 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...

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...

First Time On The Market In Nearly 40 Years. Th...

Photo of Listing #1838421

$749,000 Active

  • 5 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 0.28 Acres
  • 2,866 ft²

Single Family

1130 Shorewood Blvd, Shorewood Hills, WI

MLS® #1838421

First Time On The Market In Nearly 40 Years. This 5 Bedroom 3 Bath Home Is Situated On A Landscaped .28 Acre Lot With Mature Trees In The Heart Of Shorewood Hills. Designed In 1935 By The Architectural Firm Of Balch & Lippert As A Predecessor To The Modern...

Univ Heights Gem Priced Below Assessed Value! S...

Photo of Listing #1839842

$718,000 Active

  • 5 Beds
  • Baths
  • 0.17 Acres
  • 2,641 ft²

Single Family

2117 Chadbourne Ave, Madison, WI

MLS® #1839842

Univ Heights Gem Priced Below Assessed Value! Sun Filled, Spacious Living And Dining Areas Show Off Original Woodwork And Maple Floors. Large Kitchen With Updated Appliances, And Ample Cabinet Space, Newly Refinished. 2nd Flr With 4 Well Sized Br, Remodeled...

Welcome Home To University Heights! Incredible ...

REDUCED 3% Photo of Listing #1838485

$699,900 Active

  • 4 Beds
  • Baths
  • 0.16 Acres
  • 2,840 ft²

Single Family

2221 Chamberlain Ave, Madison, WI

MLS® #1838485

Welcome Home To University Heights! Incredible Tudor Home Sits On A Spacious And Well Landscaped Corner Lot. This Well Cared For Home Has Seemingly Endless Space And Opportunities! Upstairs Features A Large Master Suite With Dressing Room And Walk-through M...

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...

Historically Significant, Eye Catching Bungalow...

REDUCED 4% Photo of Listing #1828012

$698,000 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 ...

This Charming Two Story Colonial Has So Much To...

Photo of Listing #1837925

$625,000 Offer-Show

  • 4 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 0.26 Acres
  • 2,780 ft²

Single Family

1122 Shorewood Blvd, Shorewood Hills, WI

MLS® #1837925

This Charming Two Story Colonial Has So Much To Offer. 4 Spacious Bedrooms With Room To Make A Master Suite, Two Full Baths, One On The Main Floor And A Two Car Garage With A Gardener's Room Attached. The Screened In Porch Overlooks A Beautiful Fenced In Ba...

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

NEW 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...

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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