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.

Browse Historic Homes for Sale

All Listings Under $100,000 $100,000 - $200,000
$200,000 - $300,000 $300,000 - $400,000 $400,000 - $500,000
$500,000 - $600,000 $600,000 - $700,000 $700,000 - $800,000
$800,000 - $900,000 $900,000 - $1,000,000 Over $1,000,000
4264 N Birch Tr, Cross Plains
  • Single Family
  • 5 Beds
  • 1.5 Baths
  • 2,976 SqFt

4264 N Birch Tr, Cross Plains

$6,500,000 ↓ $1,000,000
MLS® # 1841385, 778 days, Active
5827 County Road P, Springfield
  • Single Family
  • 4 Beds
  • 1 Baths
  • 1,690 SqFt

5827 County Road P, Springfield

$2,500,000
MLS® # 1891844, 67 days, Active
739 Farwell Dr, Maple Bluff
  • Single Family
  • 4 Beds
  • 2.5 Baths
  • 4,174 SqFt

739 Farwell Dr, Maple Bluff

$1,960,000 ↓ $140,000
MLS® # 1888141, 103 days, Active
135 N Prospect Ave, Madison
  • Single Family
  • 4 Beds
  • 4.5 Baths
  • 4,547 SqFt

135 N Prospect Ave, Madison

$1,398,000 ↓ $97,000
MLS® # 1895809, 17 days, Active
3506 Sunset Dr, Shorewood Hills
  • Single Family
  • 5 Beds
  • 5.5 Baths
  • 6,730 SqFt

3506 Sunset Dr, Shorewood Hills

$1,300,000 ↓ $100,000
MLS® # 1878768, 234 days, Active
5148 Spring Ct, Madison
  • Single Family
  • 4 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 2,776 SqFt

5148 Spring Ct, Madison

$1,100,000
MLS® # 1896375, 9 days, Active
3547 Topping Rd, Shorewood Hills
  • Single Family
  • 4 Beds
  • 4.5 Baths
  • 4,062 SqFt

3547 Topping Rd, Shorewood Hills

$1,100,000 ↓ $80,000
MLS® # 1875124, 215 days, Active
1504 Edgehill Dr, Shorewood Hills
  • Single Family
  • 4 Beds
  • 2.5 Baths
  • 4,276 SqFt

1504 Edgehill Dr, Shorewood Hills

$999,999 ↓ $50,001
MLS® # 1893794, 41 days, Offer-Show
3363 Meier Rd, Madison
  • Single Family
  • 4 Beds
  • 2.5 Baths
  • 2,344 SqFt

3363 Meier Rd, Madison

$999,000 ↓ $101,000
MLS® # 1891037, 77 days, Active
1010 Grant St, Madison
  • Single Family
  • 6 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 3,629 SqFt

1010 Grant St, Madison

$949,900 ↓ $25,000
MLS® # 1888356, 107 days, Active
2113 Adams St, Madison
  • Single Family
  • 4 Beds
  • 2.5 Baths
  • 3,859 SqFt

2113 Adams St, Madison

$949,000 ↓ $26,000
MLS® # 1880514, 212 days, Offer-Show
3040 Commercial Ave, Madison
  • Single Family
  • 3 Beds
  • 1 Baths
  • 1,100 SqFt

3040 Commercial Ave, Madison

$910,000
MLS® # 1888804, 94 days, Active
3046 Commercial Ave, Madison
  • Single Family
  • 4 Beds
  • 1 Baths
  • 1,665 SqFt

3046 Commercial Ave, Madison

$910,000
MLS® # 1888803, 94 days, Active
1938 Rowley Ave, Madison
  • Single Family
  • 6 Beds
  • 2.5 Baths
  • 3,706 SqFt

1938 Rowley Ave, Madison

$900,000
MLS® # 1890771, 79 days, Active
4315 Winnequah Rd, Monona
  • Single Family
  • 3 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 3,254 SqFt

4315 Winnequah Rd, Monona

$880,000 ↓ $20,000
MLS® # 1891865, 67 days, Active
133 N Prospect Ave, Madison
  • Single Family
  • 5 Beds
  • 2.5 Baths
  • 3,128 SqFt

133 N Prospect Ave, Madison

$875,000 ↓ $25,000
MLS® # 1888611, 105 days, Offer-Show
37 Old Shore Rd, Maple Bluff
  • Single Family
  • 5 Beds
  • 3.5 Baths
  • 3,883 SqFt

37 Old Shore Rd, Maple Bluff

$850,000
MLS® # 1895243, 25 days, Offer-Show
1910 Madison St, Madison
  • Single Family
  • 4 Beds
  • 2.5 Baths
  • 3,600 SqFt

1910 Madison St, Madison

$799,000 ↓ $51,000
MLS® # 1895272, 25 days, Active
1123 Merrill Springs Rd, Madison
  • Single Family
  • 3 Beds
  • 1.5 Baths
  • 1,790 SqFt

1123 Merrill Springs Rd, Madison

$769,000
MLS® # 1891906, 65 days, Offer-Show
4025 Council Crest, Madison
  • Single Family
  • 4 Beds
  • 2.5 Baths
  • 2,977 SqFt

4025 Council Crest, Madison

$725,000
MLS® # 1892024, 60 days, Offer-Show
113 Elm St, Madison
  • Single Family
  • 4 Beds
  • 2.5 Baths
  • 2,112 SqFt

113 Elm St, Madison

$675,000
MLS® # 1894092, 40 days, Offer-Show
2221 Commonwealth Ave, Madison
  • Single Family
  • 4 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 2,417 SqFt

2221 Commonwealth Ave, Madison

$659,900
MLS® # 1895772, 9 days, Offer-Show
2013 Irwin Pl, Madison
  • Single Family
  • 3 Beds
  • 2.5 Baths
  • 2,400 SqFt

2013 Irwin Pl, Madison

$650,000
MLS® # 1893924, 42 days, Offer-Show
202 S Randall Ave, Madison
  • Single Family
  • 4 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 2,140 SqFt

202 S Randall Ave, Madison

$649,900 ↓ $50,000
MLS® # 1892179, 65 days, Active

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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