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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Elegant Lake Mendota Home Filled With Original ...

REDUCED 3% Photo of Listing #1771786

$1,299,000 Active

  • 4 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 0.47 Acres
  • 3,563 ft²

Single Family

5010 Lake Mendota Dr, Madison, WI

MLS® #1771786

Elegant Lake Mendota Home Filled With Original Character And Countless Updates! Enjoy Lake Living At Its Finest With 101 Feet Of Water Frontage! The Charm Of This One Of A Kind Home Can Be Seen In Its Numerous Stained Glass Windows, Gorgeous Original Light ...

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

Photo of Listing #1793563

$1,250,000 Active

  • 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...

Colonial Revival Home In One Of Madison's Fines...

Photo of Listing #1792343

$1,150,000 Active

  • 5 Beds
  • Baths
  • 0.26 Acres
  • 4,508 ft²

Single Family

3833 Council Crest, Madison, WI

MLS® #1792343

Colonial Revival Home In One Of Madison's Finest Neighborhoods. This 1920's Nakoma Home Was Remodeled With Careful Attention To Every Detail. Featured On The 2009 Nari Remodeled Homes Tour, It Boasts An Open Floor Plan, Custom Gourmet Kitchen, Living Room, ...

Gorgeous Rolling 26 Acre Property With Amazing ...

NEW Photo of Listing #1795012

$995,000 Active

  • 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 Active

  • 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, There's A Spectacular Home That Is Waiting For You. Enjoy Entertaining Family & Friends In The Kitchen/great Room W/open Floor Plan And 17' Vaulted Ceiling & Magnificent Wall Of Windows. Esca...

This Solid Brick Home Is Situated Along The Bik...

Photo of Listing #1791950

$939,000 Active

  • 3 Beds
  • Baths
  • 0.75 Acres
  • 2,524 ft²

Single Family

5707 Winnequah Rd, Monona, WI

MLS® #1791950

This Solid Brick Home Is Situated Along The Bike Path With 100 Feet Of Beautiful Lake Monona Frontage On The Shore And 300 Feet Deep! Many Recent Updates: Furnace '16, Water Heater '15, Water Softener '10. Gorgeous Sunroom With Gleaming Maple Floors, Upda...

Lake Monona Exquisite Renovation & 3 Story Addi...

REDUCED 5% Photo of Listing #1780684

$899,900 Active

  • 4 Beds
  • Baths
  • 0.09 Acres
  • 3,836 ft²

Single Family

1417 Morrison St, Madison, WI

MLS® #1780684

Lake Monona Exquisite Renovation & 3 Story Addition Offer A Showcase In Modernist Living W/an Open Concept, Spaciousness That Feels Intimate W/reclaimed Materials, Wood Accents, Living & Joined Sleeping Areas To Enjoy The Lake! Sleek Exterior W/fiber Cemen...

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

REDUCED 1% Photo of Listing #1781989

$840,000 Active

  • 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

$825,000 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 ...

This Meticulously Crafted Tudor Revival Sits On...

Photo of Listing #1793724

$799,900 Active

  • 5 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 0.26 Acres
  • 3,130 ft²

Single Family

3310 Blackhawk Dr, Shorewood Hills, WI

MLS® #1793724

This Meticulously Crafted Tudor Revival Sits On A Lush Lot That Backs To A Park. Surprisingly Open & Expansive, It Exudes Grace Thanks To Timeless Design. Charming Details Include Exposed Beams, Tall Trim, Arched Doors, Original Light Fixtures & Doorknobs, ...

Great Opportunity For A Grand Home, Full Of Ori...

REDUCED 2% Photo of Listing #1770617

$780,000 Active

  • 4 Beds
  • Baths
  • 0.18 Acres
  • 3,114 ft²

Single Family

205 Princeton Ave, Madison, WI

MLS® #1770617

Great Opportunity For A Grand Home, Full Of Original Character, On A Low Traffic Street In The Best Part Of Historic University Heights. Large Rooms For Family Gatherings And Space For Two Offices. Back On Market After Full Replacement Of The Electrical Ser...

Enjoy The Best Of Lake Living! This Lovely Lake...

Photo of Listing #1781639

$749,000 Active

  • 4 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 0.31 Acres
  • 3,194 ft²

Single Family

4541 Winnequah Rd, Monona, WI

MLS® #1781639

Enjoy The Best Of Lake Living! This Lovely Lake Monona Home W/ 50’ Of Frontage, Offers A Fantastic Mix Of A Modern, Open Layout W/ Charming Details Often Found In Older Homes. A 2-story Fieldstone Fireplace Takes Center Stage In The Great Room & Can Be Enj...

After Thirty Wonderful Years, The Owner Feels I...

REDUCED 6% Photo of Listing #1745157

$724,900 Offer-Bump

  • 4 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 0.32 Acres
  • 2,674 ft²

Single Family

405 Woodward Dr, Madison, WI

MLS® #1745157

After Thirty Wonderful Years, The Owner Feels It Is Time For Others To Enjoy The Striking View Of The Capitol Across Lake Mendota, To Build Memories Of Summer Cook-outs, Boating And Sharing Glorious Sunsets From The Boat House Deck With Family And Friends. ...

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/ 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...

A/o W/bump. Charming Shorewood Hills Dutch Colo...

Photo of Listing #1793341

$689,500 Active

  • 4 Beds
  • Baths
  • 0.29 Acres
  • 2,331 ft²

Single Family

3407 Viburnum Dr, Shorewood Hills, WI

MLS® #1793341

A/o W/bump. Charming Shorewood Hills Dutch Colonial On Gorgeous Mature Lot Backing To Park. Besides The Benefits Of Living In Shorewood Hills: A Great Community, Tennis, Pool, Unbeatable Location Near Hospitals, Uw, Downtown & Lake Mendota, This Home Is Fil...

$5000 Closing Cost Credit! Much Loved Home On Q...

REDUCED 2% Photo of Listing #1788996

$685,000 Active

  • 4 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 0.34 Acres
  • 2,459 ft²

Single Family

3415 Viburnum Dr, Shorewood Hills, WI

MLS® #1788996

$5000 Closing Cost Credit! Much Loved Home On Quiet Street W Deep .341 Acre Lot Adj Four Corners Park. Time Now For The Next Era Of Ownership To Enjoy & Embellish This Appealing Cape Cod That Has Evolved Thru The Years W/grace-first As A Covered Front Porch...

Addition & Remodel In 2011. 3 Beds + Office. ...

REDUCED 4% Photo of Listing #1782695

$675,000 Offer-Show

  • 3 Beds
  • Baths
  • 0.29 Acres
  • 3,676 ft²

Single Family

23 Paget Rd, Maple Bluff, WI

MLS® #1782695

Addition & Remodel In 2011. 3 Beds + Office. Impressive-unforgettable-1 Of A Kind Can't Describe What You'll Feel When You View The European Charm And Modern Amenities That You'll Love In This Totally Renovated Home. Home Was Doubled In Size In 2011 & Ca...

This Home Makes You Feel Welcome The Moment You...

REDUCED 4% Photo of Listing #1784808

$619,900 Active

  • 4 Beds
  • Baths
  • 0.12 Acres
  • 2,793 ft²

Single Family

2625 Mason St, Madison, WI

MLS® #1784808

This Home Makes You Feel Welcome The Moment You Step Onto The Front Porch. Maybe It’s The Beautifully Landscaped, Fenced Yard—a Private Oasis, Or Maybe It’s The Comfortable Flow Of The Rooms. Whatever It Is, This Near West Gem Radiates Joy. From The Invitin...

Showings Begin Fri. 2/17 Afternoon. Own A Piece...

NEW Photo of Listing #1794302

$600,000 Active

  • 5 Beds
  • Baths
  • 0.17 Acres
  • 2,424 ft²

Single Family

2222 Van Hise Ave, Madison, WI

MLS® #1794302

Showings Begin Fri. 2/17 Afternoon. Own A Piece Of Madison History - Wi Conservationist Aldo Leopold's Beautiful Home Of 24 Years. This Gorgeous Craftsman Boasts Light-filled Main Level With Sunroom, South-facing Spacious Living Room With Fireplace, Large D...

Consider This Your Urban Oasis, Nestled Conveni...

REDUCED 4% Photo of Listing #1793448

$575,000 Active

  • 4 Beds
  • Baths
  • 0.15 Acres
  • 2,320 ft²

Single Family

12 Virginia Terr, Madison, WI

MLS® #1793448

Consider This Your Urban Oasis, Nestled Conveniently On The Near West Side Walking Distance To Monroe Street And Blocks From The Bike Path This Home Has Many Updated Features. Renovated Kitchen With New Appliances, Completely Finished Basement(2013) And A ...

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...

No Showings Until 2/9. Walk Everywhere...wingra...

REDUCED 4% Photo of Listing #1793391

$564,900 Active

  • 4 Beds
  • Baths
  • 0.08 Acres
  • 2,655 ft²

Single Family

814 Oakland Ave, Madison, WI

MLS® #1793391

No Showings Until 2/9. Walk Everywhere...wingra Park, Vilas Zoo, Shops On Monroe St! Close To Sw Bikepath For A Ride To The Square. Close To The Arboretum. This Beautifully Remodeled 1930's Prairie/craftsman Home Has Everything, Even A 1-car Heated Garage. ...

Beautifully Updated & Maintained Historic Home ...

Photo of Listing #1793860

$549,900 Offer-Show

  • 3 Beds
  • Baths
  • 0.21 Acres
  • 1,706 ft²

Single Family

717 Copeland St, Madison, WI

MLS® #1793860

Beautifully Updated & Maintained Historic Home On Double Lot In Dudgeon-monroe. Gleaming Hardwood Floors, Cooks Kitchen With Ss Appliances,quartz Counters And Viking Range. Half Bath Powder Room On Main Level, Three Large Bedrooms Upstairs, W/ Great Views ...

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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