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.

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4264 N Birch Tr, Cross Plains

$6,500,000

↓ $1,000,000

4264 N Birch Tr, Cross Plains

5 Beds 1.5 Baths 2,976 SqFt Single Family MLS® # 1841385
5827 County Road P, Springfield

$1,950,000

↓ $550,000

5827 County Road P, Springfield

4 Beds 1 Bath 1,690 SqFt Single Family MLS® # 1891844
#78 - 3203 State Highway, Blue Mounds

$1,750,000

↓ $50,000

#78 - 3203 State Highway, Blue Mounds

4 Beds 2 Baths 1,350 SqFt Single Family MLS® # 374391
1111 Maple Grove Rd, Albion

$1,500,000

1111 Maple Grove Rd, Albion

5 Beds 2 Baths 2,308 SqFt Single Family MLS® # 1917184
2296 Tower Dr, Pleasant Springs

$1,299,000

↓ $296,000

2296 Tower Dr, Pleasant Springs

7 Beds 4.5 Baths 5,635 SqFt Single Family MLS® # 1916071
7431 Norway Rd, Bristol

$1,295,000

↓ $200,000

7431 Norway Rd, Bristol

4 Beds 1 Bath 1,260 SqFt Single Family MLS® # 1917124
1022-1024 Sherman Ave, Madison

$975,000

1022-1024 Sherman Ave, Madison

4 Beds 3 Baths 3,253 SqFt Single Family MLS® # 1920899
3407 Sunset Dr, Shorewood Hills

$900,000

3407 Sunset Dr, Shorewood Hills

4 Beds 3.5 Baths 3,255 SqFt Single Family MLS® # 1920093
New
1908 Arlington Pl, Madison

$815,000

1908 Arlington Pl, Madison

5 Beds 3.5 Baths 3,015 SqFt Single Family MLS® # 1922492
5316 Lake Mendota Dr, Madison

$769,000

5316 Lake Mendota Dr, Madison

3 Beds 2 Baths 1,425 SqFt Single Family MLS® # 1919908
158 Vine St, Sun Prairie

$749,900

158 Vine St, Sun Prairie

5 Beds 4.5 Baths 5,364 SqFt Single Family MLS® # 1920478
New
11 Virginia Terr, Madison

$715,000

11 Virginia Terr, Madison

3 Beds 2.5 Baths 2,168 SqFt Single Family MLS® # 1922146
New
20 N Spooner St, Madison

$700,000

20 N Spooner St, Madison

4 Beds 3 Baths 2,754 SqFt Single Family MLS® # 1922426
1710 Kendall Ave, Madison

$699,900

1710 Kendall Ave, Madison

4 Beds 1.5 Baths 2,598 SqFt Single Family MLS® # 1917798
2117 Kendall Ave, Madison

$629,900

2117 Kendall Ave, Madison

3 Beds 2.5 Baths 1,920 SqFt Single Family MLS® # 1918449
New
2343 Monroe St, Madison

$625,000

2343 Monroe St, Madison

4 Beds 2.5 Baths 1,910 SqFt Single Family MLS® # 1920683
2920 Harvard Dr, Shorewood Hills

$595,000

2920 Harvard Dr, Shorewood Hills

3 Beds 1 Bath 2,232 SqFt Single Family MLS® # 1917716
916 Van Buren St, Madison

$588,000

916 Van Buren St, Madison

3 Beds 3 Baths 2,100 SqFt Single Family MLS® # 1919536
New
317 Kensington Dr, Maple Bluff

$575,000

317 Kensington Dr, Maple Bluff

4 Beds 2.5 Baths 2,289 SqFt Single Family MLS® # 1922408
242 Dunning St, Madison

$575,000

↓ $20,000

242 Dunning St, Madison

3 Beds 2.5 Baths 2,134 SqFt Single Family MLS® # 1908834
104 N 3rd St, Mount Horeb

$570,900

↓ $25,000

104 N 3rd St, Mount Horeb

4 Beds 3 Baths 3,600 SqFt Single Family MLS® # 1913536
123 E Main St, Cambridge

$549,000

↓ $50,000

123 E Main St, Cambridge

5 Beds 6.5 Baths 3,684 SqFt Single Family MLS® # 1906435
614 Chapman St, Madison

$540,000

614 Chapman St, Madison

3 Beds 1.5 Baths 1,911 SqFt Single Family MLS® # 1920646
148 Water St, Rockdale

$529,900

148 Water St, Rockdale

5 Beds 2.5 Baths 2,723 SqFt Single Family MLS® # 1915518

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.  

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