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

$5,500,000

4264 N Birch Tr, Cross Plains

5 Beds 1.5 Baths 2,976 SqFt Single Family MLS® # 1925790
5799 Portage Rd, Burke

$1,600,000

5799 Portage Rd, Burke

4 Beds 2 Baths 2,040 SqFt Single Family MLS® # 1925739
3425 Crestwood Dr, Shorewood Hills

$1,400,000

3425 Crestwood Dr, Shorewood Hills

4 Beds 2.5 Baths 3,079 SqFt Single Family MLS® # 1932540
1111 Maple Grove Rd, Albion

$1,375,000

↓ $125,000

1111 Maple Grove Rd, Albion

5 Beds 2 Baths 2,308 SqFt Single Family MLS® # 1917184
5144 Spring Ct, Madison

$1,250,000

5144 Spring Ct, Madison

4 Beds 3.5 Baths 2,630 SqFt Single Family MLS® # 1932758
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485 County Road H, Perry

$1,000,000

485 County Road H, Perry

3 Beds 2 Baths 2,112 SqFt Single Family MLS® # 1934590
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9434 Turkey Rd, Berry

$899,000

9434 Turkey Rd, Berry

4 Beds 2.5 Baths 2,812 SqFt Single Family MLS® # 1934348
2459 Spring Rose Rd, Springdale

$895,000

2459 Spring Rose Rd, Springdale

3 Beds 1 Bath 1,344 SqFt Single Family MLS® # 1933953
2048 Barber Dr, Dunn

$799,900

2048 Barber Dr, Dunn

3 Beds 3 Baths 2,000 SqFt Single Family MLS® # 1932038
40 N Spooner St, Madison

$768,000

40 N Spooner St, Madison

4 Beds 2.5 Baths 2,488 SqFt Single Family MLS® # 1933955
2623 Van Hise Ave, Madison

$750,000

2623 Van Hise Ave, Madison

4 Beds 2.5 Baths 2,240 SqFt Single Family MLS® # 1929313
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1916 Keyes Ave, Madison

$749,900

1916 Keyes Ave, Madison

3 Beds 1.5 Baths 2,190 SqFt Single Family MLS® # 1934543
1324 Rutledge St, Madison

$749,900

1324 Rutledge St, Madison

5 Beds 3.5 Baths 2,904 SqFt Single Family MLS® # 1932571
2130 Chamberlain Ave, Madison

$749,900

2130 Chamberlain Ave, Madison

3 Beds 2 Baths 2,330 SqFt Single Family MLS® # 1931733
225 Princeton Ave, Madison

$715,000

225 Princeton Ave, Madison

4 Beds 2.5 Baths 2,798 SqFt Single Family MLS® # 1931655
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261 Kensington Dr, Maple Bluff

$700,000

261 Kensington Dr, Maple Bluff

5 Beds 2.5 Baths 2,369 SqFt Single Family MLS® # 1934862
113 Ely Pl, Madison

$698,000

113 Ely Pl, Madison

3 Beds 1.5 Baths 2,646 SqFt Single Family MLS® # 1931932
3118 Center Ave, Madison

$689,900

3118 Center Ave, Madison

5 Beds 3 Baths 1,862 SqFt Single Family MLS® # 1932690
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3011 Sunrise Ct, Middleton

$650,000

3011 Sunrise Ct, Middleton

4 Beds 2.5 Baths 2,445 SqFt Single Family MLS® # 1934536
200 N 2nd St, Mount Horeb

$649,900

200 N 2nd St, Mount Horeb

5 Beds 3.5 Baths 4,700 SqFt Single Family MLS® # 1932120
7509 S Meixner Rd, Windsor

$649,900

7509 S Meixner Rd, Windsor

4 Beds 3 Baths 2,419 SqFt Single Family MLS® # 1931686
2550 Van Hise Ave, Madison

$649,000

2550 Van Hise Ave, Madison

3 Beds 1.5 Baths 1,595 SqFt Single Family MLS® # 1932803
1111 Maple Grove Rd, Albion

$635,900

1111 Maple Grove Rd, Albion

5 Beds 2 Baths 2,308 SqFt Single Family MLS® # 1933037
1317 E Johnson St, Madison

$598,000

1317 E Johnson St, Madison

3 Beds 1 Bath 1,281 SqFt Single Family MLS® # 1933690

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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