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

$7,500,000 ↓ $1,400,000
MLS® # 1841385, 632 days, Active
7266 Riverside Rd, Verona
  • Single Family
  • 4 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 1,824 SqFt

7266 Riverside Rd, Verona

$4,800,000 ↓ $5,700,000
MLS® # 1861509, 364 days, Active
3506 Sunset Dr, Shorewood Hills
  • Single Family
  • 5 Beds
  • 5.5 Baths
  • 6,730 SqFt

3506 Sunset Dr, Shorewood Hills

$1,400,000
MLS® # 1878768, 88 days, Active
3547 Topping Rd, Shorewood Hills
  • Single Family
  • 4 Beds
  • 4.5 Baths
  • 4,062 SqFt

3547 Topping Rd, Shorewood Hills

$1,300,000
MLS® # 1875124, 69 days, Active
473 Hwy 78, Perry
  • Single Family
  • 4 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 3,355 SqFt

473 Hwy 78, Perry

$1,200,000
MLS® # 1878321, 94 days, Active
10879 Zwettler Rd, Vermont
  • Single Family
  • 2 Beds
  • 1 Baths
  • 812 SqFt

10879 Zwettler Rd, Vermont

$1,090,000
MLS® # 1882231, 33 days, Active
3433 Lake Mendota Dr, Shorewood Hills
  • Single Family
  • 5 Beds
  • 2.5 Baths
  • 3,598 SqFt

3433 Lake Mendota Dr, Shorewood Hills

$975,000
MLS® # 1882245, 40 days, Offer-Show
2113 Adams St, Madison
  • Single Family
  • 4 Beds
  • 2.5 Baths
  • 3,859 SqFt

2113 Adams St, Madison

$949,000 ↓ $26,000
MLS® # 1880514, 66 days, Active
726 Oneida Pl, Madison
  • Single Family
  • 4 Beds
  • 2.5 Baths
  • 4,853 SqFt

726 Oneida Pl, Madison

$925,000 ↓ $50,000
MLS® # 1882748, 31 days, Offer-Show
1630 Adams St, Madison
  • Single Family
  • 3 Beds
  • 2.5 Baths
  • 3,509 SqFt

1630 Adams St, Madison

$899,900 ↑ $69,900
MLS® # 1846379, 553 days, Active
3360 Timber Ln, Middleton
  • Single Family
  • 6 Beds
  • 5.5 Baths
  • 5,530 SqFt

3360 Timber Ln, Middleton

$819,900 ↓ $30,000
MLS® # 1871644, 204 days, Offer-Show
4547 Winnequah Rd, Monona
  • Single Family
  • 4 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 3,140 SqFt

4547 Winnequah Rd, Monona

$799,900 ↓ $15,100
MLS® # 1877015, 101 days, Offer-Show
734 Oneida Pl, Madison
  • Single Family
  • 4 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 2,756 SqFt

734 Oneida Pl, Madison

$799,000
MLS® # 1879324, 47 days, Offer-Show
1915 Kendall Ave, Madison
  • Single Family
  • 4 Beds
  • 3.5 Baths
  • 3,571 SqFt

1915 Kendall Ave, Madison

$764,900 ↓ $20,100
MLS® # 1877919, 99 days, Offer-Show
New
738 Miami Pass, Madison
  • Single Family
  • 4 Beds
  • 2.5 Baths
  • 2,833 SqFt

738 Miami Pass, Madison

$750,000
MLS® # 1884544, 3 days, Active
324 S Main St, Verona
  • Single Family
  • 4 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 1,862 SqFt

324 S Main St, Verona

$749,000
MLS® # 1875609, 134 days, Active
617 Riverside Dr, Madison
  • Single Family
  • 3 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 2,236 SqFt

617 Riverside Dr, Madison

$745,000
MLS® # 1883770, 19 days, Active
1325 Vilas Ave, Madison
  • Single Family
  • 3 Beds
  • 2.5 Baths
  • 2,174 SqFt

1325 Vilas Ave, Madison

$740,000 ↓ $10,000
MLS® # 1879659, 79 days, Offer-Show
1802 Jefferson St, Madison
  • Single Family
  • 4 Beds
  • 1.5 Baths
  • 2,065 SqFt

1802 Jefferson St, Madison

$700,000 ↓ $100,000
MLS® # 1880520, 60 days, Active
5227 Harbor Ct, Madison
  • Single Family
  • 3 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 1,734 SqFt

5227 Harbor Ct, Madison

$660,000 ↓ $15,000
MLS® # 1870192, 243 days, Active
4128 Blue Mounds Tr, Vermont
  • Single Family
  • 3 Beds
  • 1 Baths
  • 1,432 SqFt

4128 Blue Mounds Tr, Vermont

$650,000
MLS® # 1879404, 82 days, Active
2913 Columbia Rd, Shorewood Hills
  • Single Family
  • 3 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 1,858 SqFt

2913 Columbia Rd, Shorewood Hills

$650,000 ↓ $50,000
MLS® # 1875639, 86 days, Offer-Show
1088 Henry Rd, Montrose
  • Single Family
  • 4 Beds
  • 3.5 Baths
  • 2,562 SqFt

1088 Henry Rd, Montrose

$629,000
MLS® # 1882565, 33 days, Active
New
4117 Yuma Dr, Madison
  • Single Family
  • 3 Beds
  • 2.5 Baths
  • 2,241 SqFt

4117 Yuma Dr, Madison

$624,900
MLS® # 1884609, 5 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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