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
  • Single Family
  • 5 Beds
  • 1.5 Baths
  • 2,976 SqFt

4264 N Birch Tr, Cross Plains

$6,500,000 ↓ $1,000,000
MLS® # 1841385, 943 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, 232 days, Offer-Show
739 Farwell Dr, Maple Bluff
  • Single Family
  • 4 Beds
  • 2.5 Baths
  • 4,174 SqFt

739 Farwell Dr, Maple Bluff

$1,860,000 ↓ $100,000
MLS® # 1888141, 268 days, Offer-Show
New
5219 Tonyawatha Tr, Monona
  • Single Family
  • 4 Beds
  • 2.5 Baths
  • 3,022 SqFt

5219 Tonyawatha Tr, Monona

$1,000,000
MLS® # 1904559, 7 days, Active
3363 Meier Rd, Madison
  • Single Family
  • 4 Beds
  • 2.5 Baths
  • 2,344 SqFt

3363 Meier Rd, Madison

$999,000 ↓ $101,000
MLS® # 1891037, 242 days, Active
26 N Hancock St, Madison
  • Single Family
  • 5 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 2,906 SqFt

26 N Hancock St, Madison

$943,500 ↓ $40,000
MLS® # 1903195, 42 days, Active
1010 Grant St, Madison
  • Single Family
  • 6 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 3,629 SqFt

1010 Grant St, Madison

$899,900 ↓ $25,000
MLS® # 1888356, 272 days, Offer-Show
4315 Winnequah Rd, Monona
  • Single Family
  • 3 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 3,254 SqFt

4315 Winnequah Rd, Monona

$875,000
MLS® # 1902679, 49 days, Offer-Show
New
1840 Chadbourne Ave, Madison
  • Single Family
  • 3 Beds
  • 2.5 Baths
  • 2,521 SqFt

1840 Chadbourne Ave, Madison

$750,000
MLS® # 1905734, 7 days, Active
New
202 S Randall Ave, Madison
  • Single Family
  • 4 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 2,140 SqFt

202 S Randall Ave, Madison

$675,000
MLS® # 1906223, 1 days, Active
4101 Yuma Dr, Madison
  • Single Family
  • 4 Beds
  • 1.5 Baths
  • 2,189 SqFt

4101 Yuma Dr, Madison

$599,900 ↓ $15,100
MLS® # 1902342, 55 days, Active
New
1145 N Bird St, Sun Prairie
  • Single Family
  • 4 Beds
  • 3.5 Baths
  • 1,916 SqFt

1145 N Bird St, Sun Prairie

$585,000
MLS® # 1905487, 4 days, Active
2240 Rowley Ave, Madison
  • Single Family
  • 4 Beds
  • 1.5 Baths
  • 2,172 SqFt

2240 Rowley Ave, Madison

$585,000
MLS® # 1903249, 12 days, Offer-Show
4128 Blue Mounds Tr, Vermont
  • Single Family
  • 3 Beds
  • 1 Baths
  • 1,432 SqFt

4128 Blue Mounds Tr, Vermont

$575,000
MLS® # 1879404, 373 days, Active
1335 Mound St, Madison
  • Single Family
  • 5 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 2,157 SqFt

1335 Mound St, Madison

$564,900 ↓ $4,100
MLS® # 1900686, 85 days, Active
1925 Commonwealth Ave, Madison
  • Single Family
  • 3 Beds
  • 1 Baths
  • 1,376 SqFt

1925 Commonwealth Ave, Madison

$550,000
MLS® # 1905056, 17 days, Offer-Show
98 E County Road N, Albion
  • Single Family
  • 5 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 2,181 SqFt

98 E County Road N, Albion

$550,000
MLS® # 1901918, 66 days, Offer-Show
2396 County Road Ab, Dunn
  • Single Family
  • 2 Beds
  • 1 Baths
  • 900 SqFt

2396 County Road Ab, Dunn

$525,000
MLS® # 1903710, 16 days, Offer-Show
360 Woodland Cir, Maple Bluff
  • Single Family
  • 3 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 2,353 SqFt

360 Woodland Cir, Maple Bluff

$525,000
MLS® # 1904429, 25 days, Offer-Show
3225 County Road F, Vermont
  • Single Family
  • 3 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 3,652 SqFt

3225 County Road F, Vermont

$525,000 ↓ $25,000
MLS® # 1903470, 38 days, Active
208 N Allen St, Madison
  • Single Family
  • 3 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 2,039 SqFt

208 N Allen St, Madison

$520,000
MLS® # 1904942, 13 days, Offer-Show
3705 Council Crest, Madison
  • Single Family
  • 4 Beds
  • 1.5 Baths
  • 1,532 SqFt

3705 Council Crest, Madison

$498,000
MLS® # 1904562, 8 days, Offer-Show
2014 Monroe St, Madison
  • Single Family
  • 4 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 2,111 SqFt

2014 Monroe St, Madison

$494,900
MLS® # 1900028, 61 days, Active
1 Vista Rd, Madison
  • Single Family
  • 3 Beds
  • 1.5 Baths
  • 1,389 SqFt

1 Vista Rd, Madison

$485,000 ↓ $50,000
MLS® # 1902041, 55 days, Offer-Show

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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