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.

Browse Historic Homes for Sale

All Listings Under $100,000 $100,000 - $200,000
$200,000 - $300,000 $300,000 - $400,000 $400,000 - $500,000
$500,000 - $600,000 $600,000 - $700,000 $700,000 - $800,000
$800,000 - $900,000 $900,000 - $1,000,000 Over $1,000,000
136 Properties Found. Page 1 of 6

Stunning Home In The Heart Of Maple Bluff On 12...

Photo of Listing #1817343

$2,499,900 Active

  • 6 Beds
  • Baths
  • 0.78 Acres
  • 7,260 ft²

Single Family

403 Farwell Dr, Maple Bluff, WI

MLS® #1817343

Stunning Home In The Heart Of Maple Bluff On 125 Ft Of Pristine Lake Frontage! Enjoy Beautiful Sunsets From The Master Suite Overlooking Lake Mendota & The Capitol. The Master Boasts A Private Deck, Spa Bath, & Sauna. Entertain In The Gorgeous Kitchen W/cus...

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...

Live In The Sustainably Designed Home And Airbn...

Photo of Listing #1815473

$1,490,000 Active

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

Single Family

3402 Monroe St, Madison, WI

MLS® #1815473

Live In The Sustainably Designed Home And Airbnb The Historic House To Pay For Some Or All Of Your Mortgage And Taxes. Ultra-hot Neighborhood, Walkable To Popular Restaurants, Shops, Schools, And Lake Wingra. Two Homes On A Tree-filled Lot: Award-winning E...

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

Photo of Listing #1816763

$995,000 Active

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

Single Family

2049 Skaalen Rd, Pleasant Springs, WI

MLS® #1816763

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...

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

Photo of Listing #1812890

$950,000 Offer-Show

  • 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...

Lake Living In Downtown Madison! Exceptionally ...

NEW Photo of Listing #1818564

$949,900 Active

  • 5 Beds
  • Baths
  • 0.19 Acres
  • 3,498 ft²

Single Family

828 Prospect Pl, Madison, WI

MLS® #1818564

Lake Living In Downtown Madison! Exceptionally Well Maintained 3 Story Home On Lake Mendota With 53' Of Water Frontage Offers Stuning Views, Large Rooms, Beautiful Hardwoods & Crown Molding Throughout, Newer Metal Roof, Upgraded Appliances/electrical/plumbi...

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...

REDUCED 3% Photo of Listing #1808356

$849,000 Offer-Show

  • 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...

Magnificently Restored 1865 Victorian Italianat...

Photo of Listing #1816457

$799,999 Active

  • 5 Beds
  • 7 Baths
  • 8.94 Acres
  • 4,174 ft²

Single Family

21 State St, Mazomanie, WI

MLS® #1816457

Magnificently Restored 1865 Victorian Italianate Home Blends Luxury With History On 9 Acres Along Black Earth Creek. Property Used As Historic Bed & Breakfast And Wedding Destination, Could Be Corporate Retreat. Main Residence Has 5 Brs, 7 Baths, Stunning S...

Distinctive Architecture Plus A Stately Neighbo...

REDUCED 3% Photo of Listing #1802451

$775,000 Active

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

Single Family

3108 Oxford Rd, Shorewood Hills, WI

MLS® #1802451

Distinctive Architecture Plus A Stately Neighborhood! Interior Exudes Charm, Warmth & Quiet Elegance. Refin Hdwd Flrs, Crown Molding & Rich Wood Trim. Kitchen Is Gracious But Not Ostentatious: Solid Surface Counters, Ss Appliances And Lg Eating Area. Fdr ...

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

REDUCED 6% Photo of Listing #1806556

$749,900 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 ...

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

Photo of Listing #1816761

$699,900 Active

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

Single Family

2049 Skaalen Rd, Pleasant Springs, WI

MLS® #1816761

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...

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

REDUCED 4% Photo of Listing #1808078

$689,900 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 Farmstead Offers Endless Potential For Dev...

NEW Photo of Listing #1818535

$649,900 Active

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

Single Family

4658 Hwy 92, Rutland, WI

MLS® #1818535

This Farmstead Offers Endless Potential For Development, Small Agriculture, Business! Enjoy The Well-kept Pre-civil War Home With 3 Out Buildings. The Property Adjoins The Village Of Brooklyn, Gorgeous Smithfield Park And Is Near King Lake. There Are Many ...

Wow This 4.97 Acres In The Town Of Verona Surro...

REDUCED 7% Photo of Listing #1816081

$625,000 Active

  • 3 Beds
  • 1 Baths
  • 4.97 Acres
  • 1,750 ft²

Single Family

6861 Cross Country Rd, Verona, WI

MLS® #1816081

Wow This 4.97 Acres In The Town Of Verona Surrounded By Redkin Soccer Fields And Woods , Just Minutes From Verona Schools And Down Town Verona And Epic. You Can Subdivide The Parcel Into Two Parcels Or Keep It As One. The Older House Has Been Updated With ...

Market Range Price $599,000-$625,000. Charming ...

REDUCED 8% Photo of Listing #1810444

$599,000 Active

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

Single Family

1440 Vilas Ave, Madison, WI

MLS® #1810444

Market Range Price $599,000-$625,000. Charming Vilas Home, Facing Bear Mound Park, Blends Early 20th Century Character With Many Updates And Is Adorned With Gorgeous Perennial Gardens. Main Floor Living, Dining, Sunroom, Fabulous Screened Porch, Powder Room...

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 ...

Commanding A Generous Landscaped Corner Lot, Th...

NEW Photo of Listing #1818275

$574,900 Active

  • 3 Beds
  • Baths
  • 0.25 Acres
  • 3,112 ft²

Single Family

312 S 4th St, Mount Horeb, WI

MLS® #1818275

Commanding A Generous Landscaped Corner Lot, This House Is A Claude & Starck Historic Mansion. Recently Undergoing A Meticulous Maintenance. A Stroll Through Each Room Is A Nostalgic Reminiscent Of The Past. Marvel At The Quarter Sawn Oak Cabinetry, Coff...

Beautiful Turn-of-the-century Home Located At E...

REDUCED 5% Photo of Listing #1813860

$549,900 Offer-Show

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

Single Family

2114 Vilas Ave, Madison, WI

MLS® #1813860

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/antique Bar. Beautiful Refinished Bi...

Vrp $519,000-$539,000. Beautifully Designed & L...

REDUCED 4% Photo of Listing #1809120

$519,000 Active

  • 4 Beds
  • Baths
  • 0.33 Acres
  • 2,940 ft²

Single Family

801 Butternut Rd, Maple Bluff, WI

MLS® #1809120

Vrp $519,000-$539,000. Beautifully Designed & Lovingly Updated Maple Bluff Colonial. A Home Of Timeless Quality & Modern Conveniences. Spacious Living Room W/woodburning Fireplace, Sunroom Has French Door Access To Patio. Updated Kitchen W/ Custom Cabinetry...

Open House, 11/26, 12-2! A Rare Find In The Nea...

NEW Photo of Listing #1815605

$500,000 Active

  • 5 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 0.07 Acres
  • 2,423 ft²

Single Family

1351 Rutledge St, Madison, WI

MLS® #1815605

Open House, 11/26, 12-2! A Rare Find In The Near East! Large 5 Bedroom / 3 Full Bath, 2,423 Sq Ft Home With A Majestic View Of The Neighborhood From The 3rd Floor Space That Can Be Used As A Master Bedroom, Family Room Or Office. Bathroom With A Whirlpool T...

Great Family Home On Quiet Street In Dudgeon Mo...

REDUCED 2% Photo of Listing #1815690

$489,000 Active

  • 4 Beds
  • Baths
  • 0.13 Acres
  • 2,007 ft²

Single Family

619 Gilmore St, Madison, WI

MLS® #1815690

Great Family Home On Quiet Street In Dudgeon Monroe Neighborhood Near Downtown Madison. 2 Story Addition Added- Family Rm On Main Level & Mbr With Bath & Walk-in Closet On Upper. Anderson Replacement Wdws Throughout. Maple Kit Cabinetry & New Stainless Appl...

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.  

Your Contact Information

Please provide a valid email address.

Property Information

Moving Details

Back to Top