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.

Beautiful arched windows in a historic home in Wisconsin

Historic Dane County Real Estate Statistics

Average Price $703K
Lowest Price $175K
Highest Price $5.5M
Total Listings 59
Avg. Days On Market 49
Avg. Price/SQFT $342

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4264 N Birch Trail, Cross Plains

$5,500,000

4264 N Birch Trail, Cross Plains

5 Beds 1.5 Baths 2,976 SqFt Single Family MLS® # 1970692
1040 Sherman Avenue, Madison

$3,250,000

1040 Sherman Avenue, Madison

6 Beds 3.5 Baths 5,142 SqFt Single Family MLS® # 1976297
1515 Sumac Drive, Shorewood Hills

$1,790,000

1515 Sumac Drive, Shorewood Hills

4 Beds 3.5 Baths 3,625 SqFt Single Family MLS® # 1975958
3420 Viburnum Drive, Shorewood Hills

$1,550,000

3420 Viburnum Drive, Shorewood Hills

4 Beds 2.5 Baths 3,925 SqFt Single Family MLS® # 1975792
5799 Portage Road, Burke

$1,400,000

↓ $200,000

5799 Portage Road, Burke

4 Beds 2 Baths 2,040 SqFt Single Family MLS® # 1925739
746 E Gorham Street, Madison

$1,200,000

746 E Gorham Street, Madison

4 Beds 4.5 Baths 3,954 SqFt Single Family MLS® # 1972740
1908 Arlington Place, Madison

$1,185,000

1908 Arlington Place, Madison

5 Beds 3.5 Baths 3,015 SqFt Single Family MLS® # 1975347
3406 Viburnum Drive, Shorewood Hills

$950,000

3406 Viburnum Drive, Shorewood Hills

4 Beds 2.5 Baths 2,863 SqFt Single Family MLS® # 1974752
633 South Shore Drive, Madison

$890,000

633 South Shore Drive, Madison

2 Beds 2 Baths 1,754 SqFt Single Family MLS® # 1976393
2930 Harvard Drive, Shorewood Hills

$890,000

2930 Harvard Drive, Shorewood Hills

4 Beds 4 Baths 2,990 SqFt Single Family MLS® # 1974907
313 Kensington Drive, Maple Bluff

$799,900

313 Kensington Drive, Maple Bluff

3 Beds 2.5 Baths 2,641 SqFt Single Family MLS® # 1974456
1306 Seminole, Madison

$799,900

↓ $100,100

1306 Seminole, Madison

3 Beds 2 Baths 2,118 SqFt Single Family MLS® # 1976594
825 S Shore Drive, Madison

$789,900

↓ $60,000

825 S Shore Drive, Madison

3 Beds 1.5 Baths 1,959 SqFt Single Family MLS® # 1966103
543 E Church Road, Christiana

$750,000

543 E Church Road, Christiana

4 Beds 3 Baths 2,756 SqFt Single Family MLS® # 1974641
945 Jenifer Street, Madison

$720,000

945 Jenifer Street, Madison

3 Beds 2.5 Baths 1,694 SqFt Single Family MLS® # 1973537
608 Albion Road, Albion

$685,000

608 Albion Road, Albion

4 Beds 2 Baths 2,100 SqFt Single Family MLS® # 1976661
215 Schley Pass, Madison

$674,900

↓ $15,100

215 Schley Pass, Madison

5 Beds 2 Baths 2,114 SqFt Single Family MLS® # 1974336
132 Kensington Drive, Maple Bluff

$650,000

132 Kensington Drive, Maple Bluff

3 Beds 1.5 Baths 1,933 SqFt Single Family MLS® # 1969098
1678 Greenway Road, Bristol

$649,900

1678 Greenway Road, Bristol

3 Beds 2.5 Baths 3,095 SqFt Single Family MLS® # 1975694
2610 Van Hise Avenue, Madison

$642,500

2610 Van Hise Avenue, Madison

3 Beds 1 Bath 1,428 SqFt Single Family MLS® # 1975944
New
625 E Gorham Street, Madison

$635,000

625 E Gorham Street, Madison

4 Beds 2.5 Baths 1,648 SqFt Single Family MLS® # 1977459
2649 Stevens Street, Madison

$625,000

2649 Stevens Street, Madison

4 Beds 2 Baths 1,408 SqFt Single Family MLS® # 1977029
New
709 Huron Hill, Madison

$599,000

709 Huron Hill, Madison

3 Beds 1.5 Baths 1,543 SqFt Single Family MLS® # 1977046
1235 Jenifer Street, Madison

$594,900

1235 Jenifer Street, Madison

4 Beds 2 Baths 1,946 SqFt Single Family MLS® # 1975377

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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