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 ...

NEW Photo of Listing #1836077

$3,700,000 Active

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

Single Family

57 Cambridge Rd, Maple Bluff, WI

MLS® #1836077

This Rare, Classic Red Brick Georgian Colonial Home Is Now For Sale. Located On Lake Mendota In Prestigious Maple Bluff And Four Houses From The Governor's Executive Residence, This Home Includes 4 To 5 Bedrooms, A Piano Room, A Private Office/library, A M...

Executive Lake Home Or Family Retreat! Updated ...

REDUCED 7% Photo of Listing #1828151

$2,480,000 Active

  • 4 Beds
  • Baths
  • 1.11 Acres
  • 7,905 ft²

Single Family

2958 Tracy Ln, Pleasant Springs, WI

MLS® #1828151

Executive Lake Home Or Family Retreat! Updated And Meticulously Maintained 4 Bedroom Home With 177 Ft Of Sandy Beach Frontage On Lake Kegonsa. Open Main Level Designed For Entertaining With Flowing Floor Plan And Panoramic Lake Views. Butler Pantry With 2nd...

Sitting Atop Beautiful Lunds Point, This Nantuc...

Photo of Listing #1824254

$2,200,000 Active

  • 4 Beds
  • Baths
  • 0.41 Acres
  • 5,352 ft²

Single Family

1946 Quam Point Rd, Dunn, WI

MLS® #1824254

Sitting Atop Beautiful Lunds Point, This Nantucket Inspired Home Overlooks 210’ Of Lake Frontage. Every Custom Detail Of Stunning Craftsmanship Was Used To Capitalize On The Expansive Views. Great Room Features Brazilian Cherry Flooring, Wet Bar & Cooks Kit...

Magnificent Level Lot With 107 Feet Of Lake Men...

Photo of Listing #1830857

$2,000,000 Active

  • 4 Beds
  • Baths
  • 0.55 Acres
  • 5,184 ft²

Single Family

21 Fuller Dr, Maple Bluff, WI

MLS® #1830857

Magnificent Level Lot With 107 Feet Of Lake Mendota Frontage, Gradual Sandy Bottom With Stunning Sunset Views, Three Miles To The Capital In The Highly Coveted Neighborhood Of Maple Bluff. This Home Has Many Upgrades, New Cedar Shake Roof, Copper Gutters/do...

This Stunning Contemporary Is Perched Along The...

REDUCED 13% Photo of Listing #1818823

$2,000,000 Active

  • 4 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 0.27 Acres
  • 5,774 ft²

Single Family

3506 Lake Mendota Dr, Shorewood Hills, WI

MLS® #1818823

This Stunning Contemporary Is Perched Along The Shore Of Lake Mendota In The Village Of Shorewood Hills. Large Windows Allow For Sweeping Views From All Three Levels. Extensively Remodeled By Architectural Building Arts:new Kitchen W/wolf Stove, Asko Dishwa...

Maple Bluff Lake Mendota Luxury Living. Imagine...

REDUCED 4% Photo of Listing #1829010

$1,875,000 Active

  • 4 Beds
  • Baths
  • 0.55 Acres
  • 5,774 ft²

Single Family

1311 Farwell Dr, Madison, WI

MLS® #1829010

Maple Bluff Lake Mendota Luxury Living. Imagine Sitting On Your Deck, Drinking Coffee Or A Wine, The Gentle Breeze Is Blowing. You Look Up And See A Sailboat, Peacefully Floating Across The Lake. This Could Be Your New Home. High End Everything In The Kitch...

This Is A Once In A Lifetime Opportunity To Own...

Photo of Listing #1832903

$1,400,000 Offer-Show

  • 4 Beds
  • Baths
  • 0.15 Acres
  • 3,800 ft²

Single Family

2209 Middleton Beach Rd, Middleton, WI

MLS® #1832903

This Is A Once In A Lifetime Opportunity To Own A Beautifully Appointed Lake Home. The Chef’s Kitchen With Walk-in Pantry Opens To The Living Area With Fireplace & A Window Seat Looking Out Over Beautiful Lake Mendota. The Master Suite Enjoys Breathtaking V...

Dreams Really Do Come True In This Stunning Cus...

REDUCED 25% Photo of Listing #1811918

$1,200,000 Active

  • 4 Beds
  • Baths
  • 0.57 Acres
  • 6,630 ft²

Single Family

W7703 Koshkonong Lake Rd, Koshkonong, WI

MLS® #1811918

Dreams Really Do Come True In This Stunning Custom Built Hm W/160’+ Of Lake Frontage W/the Most Impressive Wi Sunsets Ever. Sellers Love To Entertain; Have Opened Their Home As Kosh’s Lake View B&b; However, Not Sold As A Business. Excellent Location W/acce...

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...

Enjoy The Comforts Of This Beautiful Lake Home ...

Photo of Listing #1832015

$1,100,000 Active

  • 4 Beds
  • Baths
  • 0.18 Acres
  • 3,148 ft²

Single Family

5601 Tonyawatha Tr, Monona, WI

MLS® #1832015

Enjoy The Comforts Of This Beautiful Lake Home With Breathtaking Views Of Lake Monona, The Capitol, City Skyline And The Best Sunsets You Could Ever Imagine.this Contemporary Home Was Built By Hart Denoble And Has A Wonderful Open Floor Plan That Offers Pan...

Stunning Lake Home With Breathtaking Views! Cus...

Photo of Listing #1823603

$1,100,000 Active

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

Single Family

3069 Sunnyside St, Pleasant Springs, WI

MLS® #1823603

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...

Open, Spacious & Tasteful With Stunning Views O...

Photo of Listing #1835517

$999,900 Offer-Show

  • 4 Beds
  • 4 Baths
  • 0.39 Acres
  • 4,350 ft²

Single Family

2344 County Road Ab, Dunn, WI

MLS® #1835517

Open, Spacious & Tasteful With Stunning Views Overlooking Lake Kegonsa. No Detail Or Amenity Has Been Spared With Cooks Kitchen - Subzero, Wolf, 2 Fireplaces, 3-season Porch (no Hvac) Plumbed For Fp, Designated Office (easy Conversion To Br With Bath), Bra...

Room For All To Stay And Play! Lake Monona Fron...

Photo of Listing #1830010

$950,000 Offer-Bump

  • 6 Beds
  • 4 Baths
  • 0.28 Acres
  • 3,255 ft²

Single Family

4521 Winnequah Rd, Monona, WI

MLS® #1830010

Room For All To Stay And Play! Lake Monona Frontage (level Lot) + Two Adjacent Parks Supply Open Views & Great Light. All Brick House Designed And Built New In 1993 To Provide Room For Everyone And Everything With 6 Bedrooms, 4 Bathrooms, 24 Closets, Den/of...

Considering A New Build But Don't Know Where To...

NEW Photo of Listing #1834816

$895,000 Active

  • 4 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 0.16 Acres
  • 2,631 ft²

Single Family

2048 Barber Dr, Dunn, WI

MLS® #1834816

Considering A New Build But Don't Know Where To Start? This Is A Fantastic Opportunity To Be On The Lake In The Spring 2019! Fabulous 75 Feet Of Lake Frontage On Lake Kegonsa & A Rare Boathouse That's In Good Shape And Usable. Building Plans Already In The ...

Design + Function Live In Harmony In This Bauha...

Photo of Listing #1831636

$865,000 Offer-Show

  • 2 Beds
  • Baths
  • 0.18 Acres
  • 3,322 ft²

Single Family

2413 Middleton Beach Rd, Middleton, WI

MLS® #1831636

Design + Function Live In Harmony In This Bauhaus Style Home W/40' Of Level Lake Mendota Frontage. You're Welcomed In W/a Professionally Landscaped, Private Courtyard & Once Inside Are Treated To Endless Lake Views. A Sprawling, Open Living Area Was Designe...

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 ...

The Epitome Of Living Downtown On Lake Mendota!...

Photo of Listing #1832229

$799,900 Offer-Show

  • 3 Beds
  • Baths
  • 0.25 Acres
  • 2,628 ft²

Single Family

1020 Sherman Ave, Madison, WI

MLS® #1832229

The Epitome Of Living Downtown On Lake Mendota! Stunning Home On The Coveted Sherman Avenue With Walkability Rating Of 100%, Great Location For Biking Too. Breathtaking Water Views From Most Rooms, Large Master Suite With New Bath, Eat In Kitchen And Forma...

Beautiful Lake Kegonsa Home, Perched High On A ...

Photo of Listing #1831625

$799,900 Active

  • 4 Beds
  • Baths
  • 0.18 Acres
  • 3,819 ft²

Single Family

2302 County Road Ab, Dunn, WI

MLS® #1831625

Beautiful Lake Kegonsa Home, Perched High On A Bluff, Enjoys Spectacular Lakefront Views! Inside And Out, The Lake Takes Center Stage Thanks To An Open Floor Plan, High Ceilings, And Walls Of Windows. Whether You're Relaxing In The Living Room With The Maje...

Beautiful Queen Anne Gem On Lake Mendota, Just ...

Photo of Listing #1833195

$799,000 Offer-Show

  • 5 Beds
  • Baths
  • 0.19 Acres
  • 2,362 ft²

Single Family

1054 Sherman Ave, Madison, WI

MLS® #1833195

Beautiful Queen Anne Gem On Lake Mendota, Just A Few Blocks From Tenney Park. Listed On The National Historic Register, This Home Was Built In 1897 For The Goodchap Family. It Offers A Gracious Front Porch, Eleven-foot Ceilings, Hardwood Floors, A Newly Rem...

Priced Competitively To Allow Renovations To Yo...

Photo of Listing #1835134

$785,000 Offer-Show

  • 4 Beds
  • Baths
  • 0.32 Acres
  • 3,515 ft²

Single Family

517 Woodward Dr, Madison, WI

MLS® #1835134

Priced Competitively To Allow Renovations To Your Taste Or Consider Building New, The Focal Point Of This Property Remains The Stunning Lake & Direct Capitol & Downtown Views. This Mid-century Modern Design By Official State Architect, Shinji Yamamoto Captu...

Custom Built 2-story W/50’ Of Level Lake Fronta...

Photo of Listing #1833625

$775,000 Offer-Show

  • 3 Beds
  • Baths
  • 0.14 Acres
  • 2,546 ft²

Single Family

2906 Waubesa Ave, Dunn, WI

MLS® #1833625

Custom Built 2-story W/50’ Of Level Lake Frontage On Waubesa. Gr W/built-ins & Cozy Gb Stone Fp. Kit Includes Island/breakfast Bar, Huge Walk-in Pantry, Abundance Of Cabinets, Ss Appliances & Dinette. Open Design W/expansive Wall Of Windows Provide Views Fr...

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...

Charming All Brick Lake Monona Home Perfectly T...

NEW Photo of Listing #1835653

$739,900 Active

  • 3 Beds
  • Baths
  • 0.27 Acres
  • 2,230 ft²

Single Family

4405 Winnequah Rd, Monona, WI

MLS® #1835653

Charming All Brick Lake Monona Home Perfectly Tucked Away On A Fantastic Level Lot W/ Stunning Madison Skyline Views. You Are Guaranteed To Fall In Love-the Heart Of The Home Has Fabulous Lake Views From The Updated Large Kitchen & Lakeside Living Room W/ F...

Gorgeous 4 Bedroom Lake Home W/ Luxurious Desig...

REDUCED 3% Photo of Listing #1825997

$705,000 Offer-Show

  • 4 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 0.13 Acres
  • 3,037 ft²

Single Family

5120 Card Ave, Mcfarland, WI

MLS® #1825997

Gorgeous 4 Bedroom Lake Home W/ Luxurious Designer Lighting And Finishes, And Fantastic Layout. The Main Level Is Bright With Soaring Windows And Incredible Views Of Lake Waubesa, It Features A Fully Updated Chef Kitchen And Dining/living Room Overlooking T...

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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