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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43 Properties Found. Page 1 of 2

This Rare, Classic Red Brick Georgian Colonial ...

Photo of Listing #1810583

$3,199,900 Active

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

Single Family

57 Cambridge Rd, Maple Bluff, WI

MLS® #1810583

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

Executive Lake Home Or Family Retreat! Updated ...

NEW Photo of Listing #1828151

$2,850,000 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...

From Lakeside To Inside Nothing Short Of Specta...

Photo of Listing #1823651

$2,600,000 Offer-Show

  • 5 Beds
  • Baths
  • 1.06 Acres
  • 4,802 ft²

Single Family

1015 Farwell Ct, Maple Bluff, WI

MLS® #1823651

From Lakeside To Inside Nothing Short Of Spectacular! This Frank Riley Historic Gem Has The Charm Of Days Gone By Yet With All The Modern Conveniences. Extensively Remodeled With The Best Of The Best, While Keeping The Integrity Of This Historic Home In Min...

97 Feet Of Prime Level Lake Mendota Frontage Of...

REDUCED 4% Photo of Listing #1806806

$2,575,000 Offer-Show

  • 5 Beds
  • Baths
  • 0.51 Acres
  • 6,598 ft²

Single Family

45 Fuller Dr, Madison, WI

MLS® #1806806

97 Feet Of Prime Level Lake Mendota Frontage Offers Gradual Sand Bottom And Majestic Sunsets. The Home Was Built In 2009 And Designed By Johnson Design (same Architect That Designed Erin Hills Clubhouse). Custom Finishes, First Floor Master With Gas Firepla...

Amazing, Custom-built Lakefront Home W/exemplar...

Photo of Listing #1825622

$2,300,000 Active

  • 4 Beds
  • Baths
  • 0.24 Acres
  • 5,500 ft²

Single Family

5029 St Cyr Rd, Westport, WI

MLS® #1825622

Amazing, Custom-built Lakefront Home W/exemplary Design & Detail. Using The Finest Materials W/ Its Incredible Millwork, Custom Cabinetry & Exquisite Finishes. Chef’s Kitchen W/ Two Islands & High-end Appliances. Take In The Incredible Views From The Great ...

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...

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...

This Maple Bluff Beauty Has 80ft .5 Acre Of Per...

Photo of Listing #1826431

$1,599,000 Active

  • 5 Beds
  • Baths
  • 0.54 Acres
  • 4,684 ft²

Single Family

33 Harbort Dr, Maple Bluff, WI

MLS® #1826431

This Maple Bluff Beauty Has 80ft .5 Acre Of Perfect Level Lake Frontage On Lake Mendota! Enjoy Capitol Views, The City Skyline & Spectacular Sunsets! Spacious, Custom Designed Ranch W/open Floor Plan In Mint Condition! Huge Master Suite W/lake View & Marble...

Shorewood Hills Lake Home!this Beautiful Home O...

Photo of Listing #1823084

$1,350,000 Offer-Show

  • 3 Beds
  • Baths
  • 0.39 Acres
  • 3,026 ft²

Single Family

3662 Lake Mendota Dr, Shorewood Hills, WI

MLS® #1823084

Shorewood Hills Lake Home!this Beautiful Home On A Private, Wooded Lot Across From The Golf Course Offers Incredible Lake Vistas The Moment You Step Inside. Wake Up To Sweeping Lake Views In The Spectacular Owner's Suite W/gas Fp & Enjoy Your Morning Coffee...

Panoramic Views Of Lake Mendota Will Stop You I...

NEW Photo of Listing #1827925

$1,300,000 Active

  • 4 Beds
  • Baths
  • 0.5 Acres
  • 4,821 ft²

Single Family

3580 Lake Mendota Dr, Shorewood Hills, WI

MLS® #1827925

Panoramic Views Of Lake Mendota Will Stop You In Your Tracks As You Walk Into This Contemporary Home W/65 Ft Of Lake Mendota Frontage Located In The Coveted Village Of Shorewood Hills. Plenty Of Privacy Is Offered As This Home Is Set Far Back From The Stree...

Stunning Prairie Craftsman Boasts 114 Ft Of Fro...

REDUCED 4% Photo of Listing #1825574

$1,295,000 Active

  • 4 Beds
  • 4 Baths
  • 0.7 Acres
  • 3,592 ft²

Single Family

5579 Kupfer Rd, Westport, WI

MLS® #1825574

Stunning Prairie Craftsman Boasts 114 Ft Of Frontage On Lake Mendota A 3/4 Acre Lot! Extensive Redesign By Architect Udvari-solner In '12 Transformed The Living Experience, Bringing The Natural Setting To The Forefront. Striking Kitchen Boasts Cherry Cabine...

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...

Magnificent Contemporary Home On Lake Mendota. ...

Photo of Listing #1813933

$1,200,000 Offer-Show

  • 5 Beds
  • Baths
  • 0.49 Acres
  • 4,466 ft²

Single Family

1826 Camelot Dr, Madison, WI

MLS® #1813933

Magnificent Contemporary Home On Lake Mendota. Prepare To Fall In Love! Lake Views From Every Room In The House (except Bathrooms). The Great Room Has Large Windows, Cathedral Ceilings And A Gas Marble Surround Fireplace. Master Suite Leads Out To The Deck...

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...

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...

Summer Is On Its Way, Now Is The Time To Transi...

Photo of Listing #1825255

$950,000 Active

  • 4 Beds
  • Baths
  • 0.19 Acres
  • 4,103 ft²

Single Family

2802 Waubesa Ave, Dunn, WI

MLS® #1825255

Summer Is On Its Way, Now Is The Time To Transition Onto The Lake, This Home Offers Plenty Of Room For All The Guests With Views Of The Water Out Each Window. Hot Tub, Outdoor Fire Pit And Multi Tiered Decks. Open Layout With Gorgeous Kitchen First Floor ...

Lake Living In Downtown Madison! Exceptionally ...

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...

Minutes From Downtown Madison, This Completely ...

Photo of Listing #1819835

$925,000 Offer-Show

  • 3 Beds
  • Baths
  • 0.14 Acres
  • 3,803 ft²

Single Family

6104 Overlook Dr, Mcfarland, WI

MLS® #1819835

Minutes From Downtown Madison, This Completely Renovated Home Sits Along The Eastern Shore Of Lake Waubesa With Sunset And Capitol Views. Gleaming Hardwood Floors, Floor To Ceiling Bank Of Windows With Sweeping Views. Gorgeous Stone Fireplace, Gourmet Kitch...

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

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

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...

Wonderful Lake Kegonsa 4 Bedroom Home Built In ...

NEW Photo of Listing #1827534

$875,000 Active

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

Single Family

2302 County Road Ab, Dunn, WI

MLS® #1827534

Wonderful Lake Kegonsa 4 Bedroom Home Built In 2007 Has Been Meticulously Maintained & Offers An Open Airy Floor Plan W/sweeping Views Of The Lake. Main Flr Has A Spacious Living Rm W/a Wood Burning Fireplace Along W/2 Dining Areas & Fantastic Sunroom. Kitc...

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 ...

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

REDUCED 1% Photo of Listing #1780338

$739,000 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...

66 Ft Of Pristine Level Lake Mendota Water Fron...

Photo of Listing #1825466

$730,000 Offer-Show

  • 4 Beds
  • Baths
  • 0.3 Acres
  • 3,156 ft²

Single Family

717 Woodward Dr, Madison, WI

MLS® #1825466

66 Ft Of Pristine Level Lake Mendota Water Frontage! The Pier Has Excellent Water Depth For Your Boat! This 4 Bedroom Ranch Home Boasts Spectacular Capital Views From Your Full Sized Windows In Several Rooms! 2 Wood Burning Fireplaces! You'll Be Sure & ...

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

Photo of Listing #1825997

$724,900 Active

  • 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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