Lakefront Homes in Dane County

"Lake, City, Lake."  The City of Madison's trademark perfectly reflects the geography of Dane County. Lakes Mendota, Monona, Waubesa, and Kegonsa, as well as a couple of smaller lakes, are all interconnected via the Yahara River in a watershed system called the Yahara Chain of Lakes. Often described as The City of Four Lakes, Madison and a number of communities situated on the chain of lakes throughout Dane County boast homes with lake frontage ranging from 50 to 300+ feet. For more information about real estate on Dane County's chain of lakes, lakefront lifestyles, and to browse listings by lake, scroll down or Click Here.

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This Rare, Classic Red Brick Georgian Colonial ...

Photo of Listing #1769584

$3,499,000 Active

  • 5 Beds
  • Baths
  • 0.46 Acres
  • 6,431 ft²

Single Family

57 Cambridge Rd, Maple Bluff, WI

MLS® #1769584

This Rare, Classic Red Brick Georgian Colonial Home Is A Truly Historic Looking Mansion With All The Hallmarks Of A Modern Luxury Home. Built In 2003 By Michael F Simon Builders, The Home Is One Of The Builder's Most Beautiful And Livable Custom Homes In Ma...

Showings Start 5/12. Great Family Home W/80 Fee...

Photo of Listing #1801536

$1,550,000 Offer-Show

  • 5 Beds
  • Baths
  • 0.54 Acres
  • 4,436 ft²

Single Family

33 Harbort Dr, Maple Bluff, WI

MLS® #1801536

Showings Start 5/12. Great Family Home W/80 Feet Of Gorgeous, Level Lake Mendota Frontage On A Cul-de-sac In Maple Bluff, Next To 22-acre Park. Spacious, Custom Designed, Ranch W/large Rooms, Open Plan In Mint Condition. Huge Master Suite W/lake View & Marb...

Stunning Lake Home With Breathtaking Views! Cus...

Photo of Listing #1802606

$1,200,000 Active

  • 6 Beds
  • 4 Baths
  • 0.23 Acres
  • 3,968 ft²

Single Family

3069 Sunnyside St, Pleasant Springs, WI

MLS® #1802606

Stunning Lake Home With Breathtaking Views! Custom Built 6 Bedroom 4 Bath Transitional 2 Story With Amazing Open Floor Plan That Offers Panoramic Views From Almost Every Room In The House. Entertain In The Gourmet Kitchen, Great Room With Gas Fireplace, Sun...

Custom-built Dream Home With 120 Feet Of Level ...

Photo of Listing #1769397

$1,199,000 Active

  • 6 Beds
  • Baths
  • 0.33 Acres
  • 7,198 ft²

Single Family

2898 Tomahawk Ct, Middleton, WI

MLS® #1769397

Custom-built Dream Home With 120 Feet Of Level Lake Mendota Frontage And Sweeping Lake Views! Permanent Hoist On Quiet Inlet. Home Has A Northwoods Feel With Hand-hewn Log Millwork Throughout The Home, From The Staircases To The Beams Upstairs. Stone Firepl...

Lake Mendota Modern - This Home Is Four Years N...

Photo of Listing #1801164

$1,000,000 Offer-Show

  • 5 Beds
  • Baths
  • 0.18 Acres
  • 4,070 ft²

Single Family

1026 Sherman Ave, Madison, WI

MLS® #1801164

Lake Mendota Modern - This Home Is Four Years New! Bright, Spacious Open Floor Plan With Sweeping Views To The West Which Allows For Magnificent Sunsets. The Master Offers A Gas Burning Fireplace, Soaking Tub And Deck, 2nd Floor Laundry, Finished Lower Leve...

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...

Showings Start 3/25. Wonderful Lake Waubesa Hom...

Photo of Listing #1798054

$999,900 Offer-Show

  • 4 Beds
  • Baths
  • 0.15 Acres
  • 4,156 ft²

Single Family

2889 Bible Camp Rd, Dunn, WI

MLS® #1798054

Showings Start 3/25. Wonderful Lake Waubesa Home W/boathouse & 75 Ft Of Frontage!bright Main Floor W/open Floor Plan,gas Fireplace & Tile Flrs Throughout. Kitchen Features Granite Counters,huge Island,tile Backsplash, & Ss Appl W/gas Cooktop.beautiful Lake ...

Privacy In Shorewood Hills. Classic Lake Front...

REDUCED 10% Photo of Listing #1799632

$995,000 Offer-Show

  • 5 Beds
  • Baths
  • 0.33 Acres
  • 3,237 ft²

Single Family

3334 Lake Mendota Dr, Shorewood Hills, WI

MLS® #1799632

Privacy In Shorewood Hills. Classic Lake Front Home That Borders Shorewood Beach Giving You Privacy Not Found Often In Shorewood. The Location Here Can't Be Beat, Close To The University, Hospitals, Picnic Point, And The Revitalized Hilldale With All Its ...

Beautiful Lake Mendota Home! 50 Feet Of Prime L...

Photo of Listing #1799698

$989,000 Active

  • 5 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 0.23 Acres
  • 3,454 ft²

Single Family

5140 Reynolds Ave, Westport, WI

MLS® #1799698

Beautiful Lake Mendota Home! 50 Feet Of Prime Level Lake Mendota Frontage With Stunning Views Of The State Capitol In Waunakee School District! This 3454 Sq/ft 5-6 Bedroom 2-story Is In Excellent Condition & Has A 3 Car Garage! Stunning Panoramic Views Of T...

Beautiful Lake Mendota Home! 50 Feet Of Prime L...

NEW Photo of Listing #1804528

$975,000 Active

  • 5 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 0.23 Acres
  • 3,454 ft²

Single Family

5140 Reynolds Ave, Westport, WI

MLS® #1804528

Beautiful Lake Mendota Home! 50 Feet Of Prime Level Lake Mendota Frontage With Stunning Views Of The State Capitol In Waunakee School District! This 3454 Sq/ft 5-6 Bedroom 2-story Is In Excellent Condition & Has A 3 Car Garage! Stunning Panoramic Views Of T...

Treat Yourself To A Contemporary Yet Private La...

REDUCED 3% Photo of Listing #1794867

$950,000 Active

  • 5 Beds
  • 4 Baths
  • 0.28 Acres
  • 3,826 ft²

Single Family

2508 Waunona Way, Madison, WI

MLS® #1794867

Treat Yourself To A Contemporary Yet Private Lake Home With Capitol Views. Mature Oak Trees, Gardens, A Separate Lakeside Stone Fireplace In A Private Setting, Multiple Decks At Different Levels, And A Perfect Frontage Make This A Tranquil Retreat On The La...

Lake Kegonsa! Custom-designed By Architect & En...

Photo of Listing #1768823

$945,000 Active

  • 4 Beds
  • Baths
  • 0.2 Acres
  • 4,768 ft²

Single Family

2304 County Road Ab, Dunn, WI

MLS® #1768823

Lake Kegonsa! Custom-designed By Architect & Engineer, This 4 Bedroom Has 3 Finished Levels W/exceptional Lake Views & Breathtaking Sunrises. Features Include Marble & Granite Flooring On Main & Lower Levels, Cherry Cabinetry & Granite C-tops, 3 Gas Firepla...

Magnificent Lake Kegonsa Waterfront Home. Desig...

Photo of Listing #1797346

$899,900 Active

  • 5 Beds
  • Baths
  • 0.2 Acres
  • 4,541 ft²

Single Family

2242 County Road Ab, Dunn, WI

MLS® #1797346

Magnificent Lake Kegonsa Waterfront Home. Designed For Lake Living And Entertaining. Enjoy Spectacular Sunrises In Desirable Colladay Bay. Gourmet Kitchen Opens To 2 Large Living Areas Overlooking The Lake. 5 Bedrooms And 4.5 Baths, Including Master Suite W...

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...

50 Ft Of Lake Waubesa Frontage! Custom Built 2 ...

REDUCED 2% Photo of Listing #1780338

$799,900 Active

  • 4 Beds
  • 4 Baths
  • 0.18 Acres
  • 3,959 ft²

Single Family

2944 Waubesa Ave, Dunn, WI

MLS® #1780338

50 Ft Of Lake Waubesa Frontage! Custom Built 2 Story W/spectacular Lake Views From Every Room. Mstr Suite W/private Deck, Large Laundry Rm W/cabinets Galore, & 2 Add'l Big Bedrs Makes Upstairs Spacious. Australian Cypress Flrs, Corian, Cherry Cabinets, 3 Se...

Lake Living At Its Best! Lake Waubesa Sunsets, ...

NEW Photo of Listing #1803236

$795,000 Active

  • 4 Beds
  • Baths
  • 0.23 Acres
  • 3,318 ft²

Single Family

5008 Card Ave, Mcfarland, WI

MLS® #1803236

Lake Living At Its Best! Lake Waubesa Sunsets, Level Lot W/66' Lake Frontage, Plus Boathouse W/track System & A Beautiful Custom-built Home! Enjoy Gorgeous Lake Views Year-round From Your Living, Dining, Kitchen, Family Room & Main Level Master Bedroom! Upp...

122 Feet Of Clear Frontage. Spacious Lake Home...

REDUCED 4% Photo of Listing #1781795

$749,900 Active

  • 3 Beds
  • Baths
  • 0.73 Acres
  • 2,767 ft²

Single Family

4102 Veith Ave, Madison, WI

MLS® #1781795

122 Feet Of Clear Frontage. Spacious Lake Home. Has Recently Undergone Mold Remediation. Repair Work Will Have To Be Completed By Buyer. Huge Deck On Back As Well As Screened Porch Area. U Shaped Driveway, Attached 2 Car Garage As Well As A Detached 2 ...

Enjoy Your Architect-designed, 3100+ S.f. Custo...

REDUCED 3% Photo of Listing #1788955

$749,900 Active

  • 5 Beds
  • Baths
  • 0.16 Acres
  • 3,181 ft²

Single Family

2194 Colladay Point Dr, Dunn, WI

MLS® #1788955

Enjoy Your Architect-designed, 3100+ S.f. Custom Lake Kegonsa Home, Plus Boathouse, W/ 70 Ft. Frontage On Calm Colladay Bay! Easy, Fast Access To W, E & Central Madison. Beautiful Landscaped, Shaded Lot. Vaulted Living & Dining Spaces With Woodburning Fp,...

Breathtaking Views Of Lake Mendota, Capitol & 5...

REDUCED 5% Photo of Listing #1752916

$735,000 Offer-Show

  • 3 Beds
  • Baths
  • 0.15 Acres
  • 2,544 ft²

Single Family

4862 Trantin Ct, Westport, WI

MLS® #1752916

Breathtaking Views Of Lake Mendota, Capitol & 50 Ft. Of Shoreline. Dramatic Floor-to-ceiling Windows In Living Rm Provide 180-degree View Of Lake. Open Floor Plan W/ Broad Window Exposure In Almost All Rooms. Natural Wood Floors, Sitting Area (or 3rd Bdrm) ...

Gorgeous Lake Kegonsa Home With 66 Feet Of Fron...

REDUCED 3% Photo of Listing #1799225

$724,900 Active

  • 4 Beds
  • 4 Baths
  • 0.27 Acres
  • 3,100 ft²

Single Family

1928 Barber Dr, Dunn, WI

MLS® #1799225

Gorgeous Lake Kegonsa Home With 66 Feet Of Frontage On A Large, Level Lot! The Home Features A Completely Remodeled Chef's Kitchen With Center Island, Granite Counters, Cherry Cabinetry And Flooring, Walk-in Pantry And Stainless Appliances. All New Main Lev...

Spectacular Custom Built Home With 50 Feet Of F...

REDUCED 1% Photo of Listing #1782516

$719,900 Active

  • 4 Beds
  • Baths
  • 0.18 Acres
  • 2,695 ft²

Single Family

2940 Waubesa Ave, Dunn, WI

MLS® #1782516

Spectacular Custom Built Home With 50 Feet Of Frontage, Located One Block From Goodland Park, Set In The Peace And Tranquility Of Lake Waubesa. Spacious & Sunny Floor Plan With Tons Of Windows. New Kitchen And Master Bath (heated Floor Tile) And Entire Home...

The Views Are Endless From Atop The Bluff This ...

Photo of Listing #1794107

$699,900 Active

  • 4 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 0.22 Acres
  • 3,065 ft²

Single Family

4204 Morris Park Rd, Dunn, WI

MLS® #1794107

The Views Are Endless From Atop The Bluff This Home Sits On! Recent Updates Include, Kitchen, Master Bath, Appliances, Flooring, Most Windows & Sliding Doors Facing The Lake. 1 Deck Overlooks The Lake While The Other Is In The Courtyard Where You Can Grill,...

Charming Colonial On The North Shore Of Lake Me...

Photo of Listing #1795514

$650,000 Active

  • 4 Beds
  • Baths
  • 0.37 Acres
  • 2,104 ft²

Single Family

1005 Woodward Dr, Madison, WI

MLS® #1795514

Charming Colonial On The North Shore Of Lake Mendota, 65 Feet Of Frontage With A Gradual Slope, Deep Lot With A 2 Car Detached Garage. This Home Is An Exceptional Value, Enjoy All That Lake Living Has To Offer, Bike To Governors Island Or Maple Bluff Count...

Settle Into This Beautifully Maintained Lake Wa...

REDUCED 4% Photo of Listing #1799892

$625,000 Active

  • 4 Beds
  • Baths
  • 0.23 Acres
  • 2,975 ft²

Single Family

5106 Card Ave, Mcfarland, WI

MLS® #1799892

Settle Into This Beautifully Maintained Lake Waubesa Home! Featuring Gas Fireplace, Tile & Hardwd Floors, Updated Kitchen W/granite Counter Tops, Custom Maple Cabinets, Newer Appliances, & Ml Office. Newer Roof & Oversized 2 Car Garage Are Just A Few Of The...

Yahara Chain of Lakes: A Brief History

During the last Ice Age that took place approximately 15,000 years ago, the last of four large glaciers originating in Canada blanketed much of Wisconsin, sliding over what geologists believe were ancient river and valley park lands, creating a wide terminal moraine a few miles south of Lake Kegonsa. As the glacier melted it carried massive amounts of sand, rocks, and sediment into the old river valley, partially filling it. The melting ice also dropped huge loads of glacial rock and debris on the park lands. The old valley, now dammed in areas by glacial debris, is now home to Madison’s famous “Four Lakes”: Lakes Mendota, Monona, Waubesa and Kegonsa. The chain of beautiful lakes that resulted was formed on top of the glacial debris that buried the ancient valley floor. Present-day Yahara River serves to connect all four lakes.

Lakefront Home Styles in Dane County

 Thinking of buying or building of one of Dane County's lakes? Be prepared to tear down a small cottage or, if you're lucky, you might find something that can be renovated, restored or added onto. The closer you buy to the capitol the more you'll pay of course. And most likely you'll be looking at building a 2 or 3-story home since lots are often narrow and there are strict setback and zoning laws that prohibit homeowners from blocking the lake views of their adjoining neighbors. When building new you can choose from a wide variety of architectural styles of course, however some styles work better than others for maximizing outdoor spaces such as a deck off a Master bedroom or main floor, or a patio off a walk-out basement. If you have a long narrow lot you might consider a detached 3 or 4 car garage where you can store your boat in the off season rather than pay to have it dry docked. Older homes more typically have partial basements or crawl spaces with varying degrees of accessibility. Living on the lake is not particularly conducive to a dry basement so when building new, you'll want to consider eliminating basement crawl spaces and relocating your storage to above a garage, or in a spare room along a hallway on a high floor. Leave room for an oversized mudroom with shower facilities as you and your guests will be frequently in and out of the lake and may easily drag dirt, sand, or lake water into the house if you're not careful.

Lake Living & Lifestyles

Be prepared to put up with bugs when you buy a home on a lake. It's true, you'll encounter a lot more bugs due to the proximity of the water but that's just a reality of living on a lake. More importantly, whether you decide to make your Dane County lake home your permanent full-time residence or to take up residence in warmer climes in wintertime, you'll have regular access to gorgeous sunrises and sunsets that will make you forget all about inconveniences like bugs or pulling up your pier at the end of the season. Whether you want to spend your free time boating, sailing, water skiing, fishing, birdwatching, canoeing, kayaking, ice skating, ice fishing, snowshoeing, cross country skiing, or sipping cocktails on your patio or pier, we've got a lake and a lakefront home to fit your lifestyle! If a lakefront home is not for you, check out our lakefront condos page.

Regardless where you plan to make your next home, we've got the lakefront expertise to guide you. Contact a Lake & City lake homes specialist today!

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