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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Showings Daily By Appt. Ideally Positioned On A...

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$2,899,000 Active

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

Single Family

57 Cambridge Rd, Maple Bluff, WI

MLS® #1836077

Showings Daily By Appt. Ideally Positioned On A Premier Site Overlooking Lake Mendota, This Traditional Georgian Colonial Residence Is A Cultivated Blend Of Timeless Sophistication & Modern Luxury. Exclusive Enclave Of Maple Bluff, Just 4 Houses From The Go...

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...

Experience The Lakeside Lifestyle In This Sleek...

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$1,900,000 Active

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

Single Family

3506 Lake Mendota Dr, Shorewood Hills, WI

MLS® #1818823

Experience The Lakeside Lifestyle In This Sleek, Modern Home. Enjoy Three Levels Of Light-filled Living Space With Soaring Ceilings And Gorgeous New Maple Floors. A Professional-grade Kitchen Redo And Wet Bar Make Entertaining Easy. Ample Built-ins Showcase...

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

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$1,800,000 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...

Maple Bluff Lake Mendota Luxury Living. Imagine...

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$1,800,000 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, Drink In Hand, The Gentle Breeze Is Blowing. You Look Up And See A Sailboat, Peacefully Floating Across The Lake, Background Sunset. This Could Be Your New Home. Ultimate Chef's Kitchen I...

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...

A Rare Find---the Ultimate Private Lake Estate ...

Photo of Listing #1836793

$1,250,000 Active

  • 4 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 0.67 Acres
  • 3,200 ft²

Single Family

3122 Waucheeta Tr, Dunn, WI

MLS® #1836793

A Rare Find---the Ultimate Private Lake Estate Just Minutes To Madison! Nestled On The Shores Of Lake Waubesa You Will Sure Be Impressed By This Lovely Lake Lot W/100 Feet Of Fabulous Frontage. Cook In Style In Your Custom Kitchen & Entertain On The Island...

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...

Stunning Lake Home With Breathtaking Views! Cus...

REDUCED 6% Photo of Listing #1823603

$1,030,000 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...

Live On Beautiful Lake Waubesa! Construction To...

REDUCED 8% Photo of Listing #1838386

$1,015,000 Active

  • 3 Beds
  • Baths
  • 0.23 Acres
  • 2,369 ft²

Single Family

4508 Larson St, Mcfarland, WI

MLS® #1838386

Live On Beautiful Lake Waubesa! Construction To Begin Upon Acceptance Of A Building Contract & Closing Of Lot. Build This Plan Or Bring Your Own Plan. This Two Story 3 Bedroom, 2.5 Bath With Hardwood Floors, Painted Trim, Gas Fireplace, & Open Floor Plan W...

High And Dry Without A Flood Worry! Enjoy The C...

REDUCED 9% Photo of Listing #1832015

$1,000,000 Active

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

Single Family

5601 Tonyawatha Tr, Monona, WI

MLS® #1832015

High And Dry Without A Flood Worry! 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 Won...

Spectacular! Describes This Lake Mendota Home W...

Photo of Listing #1839524

$980,000 Active

  • 2 Beds
  • Baths
  • 0.36 Acres
  • 2,710 ft²

Single Family

5128 Reynolds Ave, Westport, WI

MLS® #1839524

Spectacular! Describes This Lake Mendota Home W/50ft Of Shoreline On A Level Lot & Private Road Wrapped Inside Governor Nelson State Park. Offers Incredible Downtown, Capital & Uw Skyline Views. Custom Kitchen Boast Amish Hickory Cabinets, Gas Stove, & Gran...

New Price! Breathtaking Lake & Direct Capitol S...

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$930,000 Active

  • 4 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 0.31 Acres
  • 3,552 ft²

Single Family

519 Woodward Dr, Madison, WI

MLS® #1837589

New Price! Breathtaking Lake & Direct Capitol Skyline Views With 66' Of Frontage! Take In The Picturesque View Outside From The Large Patio, Open Backyard, Waterfront Terrace Or An Upper & Lower Screen Porch. Inside This Contemporary Home, The Dramatic Foye...

Why Wait For Vacation? Own This House On Lake K...

REDUCED 3% Photo of Listing #1768823

$921,000 Active

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

Single Family

2304 County Road Ab, Dunn, WI

MLS® #1768823

Why Wait For Vacation? Own This House On Lake Kegonsa And Go Home For Vacation Every Day. Less Than Twenty Minutes From Downtown Madison! Custom-designed By Architect & Engineer, 4 Bed Has 3 Finished Levels W/exceptional Lake Views & Breathtaking Sunrises/m...

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

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$905,000 Active

  • 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...

Ao Bump. A Place To Relax! Multiple Places To S...

Photo of Listing #1837752

$880,000 Offer-Show

  • 3 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 0.2 Acres
  • 3,172 ft²

Single Family

2814 Waubesa Ave, Dunn, WI

MLS® #1837752

Ao Bump. A Place To Relax! Multiple Places To Sit And Enjoy The Gorgeous Views. Outside Offers Multiple Decks, Covered Porch & Screened Porch. Inside Offers Large Windows W/ Gorgeous Views From Multiple Floors. Home Is In Excellent Condition, Offering Birch...

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 ...

Vpr $824,900 To $849,900. Premiere Lake Kegonsa...

REDUCED 3% Photo of Listing #1833353

$824,900 Active

  • 4 Beds
  • Baths
  • 0.4 Acres
  • 3,295 ft²

Single Family

3270 Brooklyn Dr, Dunn, WI

MLS® #1833353

Vpr $824,900 To $849,900. Premiere Lake Kegonsa Location! Beautiful Lakefront Living With Two Story Great Room, Floor To Ceiling Windows, Full Walk Out Lower Level W/ Rec Room, Second Fireplace, Kitchenette And Workshop. Bonus Two-story Four Car Garage Clo...

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...

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...

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...

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

Photo of Listing #1839432

$739,900 Active

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

Single Family

2944 Waubesa Ave, Dunn, WI

MLS® #1839432

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...

Breathtaking Views! 80 Ft Of Lake Koshkonong Fr...

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$699,000 Active

  • 3 Beds
  • Baths
  • 0.3 Acres
  • 5,386 ft²

Single Family

11612 N Lakeview Dr, Milton, WI

MLS® #1811075

Breathtaking Views! 80 Ft Of Lake Koshkonong Frontage & A 5,000+ Sq Ft Exquisite Custom Home, Built To Entertain! Incredible Chef's Kitchen W/ Ss Professional Appliances, Granite Counters, Handmade Recycled Barn Wood Cabinetry. Hickory & Brazilian Hardwoods...

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.

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