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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$900,000 - $1,000,000 Over $1,000,000
7266 Riverside Rd, Verona
  • Single Family
  • 4 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 1,824 SqFt

7266 Riverside Rd, Verona

$10,500,000
MLS® # 1861509, 102 days, Active
4264 N Birch Tr, Cross Plains
  • Single Family
  • 5 Beds
  • 1.5 Baths
  • 2,976 SqFt

4264 N Birch Tr, Cross Plains

$8,900,000 ↓ $1,000,000
MLS® # 1841385, 370 days, Active
49 Fuller Dr, Maple Bluff
  • Single Family
  • 5 Beds
  • 3.5 Baths
  • 6,562 SqFt

49 Fuller Dr, Maple Bluff

$2,450,000
MLS® # 1852130, 183 days, Offer-Bump
1303 Edgehill Dr, Shorewood Hills
  • Single Family
  • 4 Beds
  • 3.5 Baths
  • 5,492 SqFt

1303 Edgehill Dr, Shorewood Hills

$1,750,000
MLS® # 1860782, 93 days, Offer-Bump
1 Thorstrand Rd, Madison
  • Single Family
  • 6 Beds
  • 3.5 Baths
  • 5,461 SqFt

1 Thorstrand Rd, Madison

$1,450,000 ↓ $150,000
MLS® # 1839498, 377 days, Active
2120 Waunona Way, Madison
  • Single Family
  • 4 Beds
  • 2.5 Baths
  • 3,637 SqFt

2120 Waunona Way, Madison

$1,250,000
MLS® # 1861156, 91 days, Offer-Show
4558 Hwy 78, Vermont
  • Single Family
  • 6 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 4,669 SqFt

4558 Hwy 78, Vermont

$967,000
MLS® # 1862838, 70 days, Active
2900 Hunter Hill, Shorewood Hills
  • Single Family
  • 4 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 2,573 SqFt

2900 Hunter Hill, Shorewood Hills

$900,000
MLS® # 1864120, 56 days, Offer-Show
1919 Jefferson St, Madison
  • Single Family
  • 4 Beds
  • 2.5 Baths
  • 3,065 SqFt

1919 Jefferson St, Madison

$900,000 ↓ $25,000
MLS® # 1863022, 69 days, Active
1244 Wellesley Rd, Shorewood Hills
  • Single Family
  • 6 Beds
  • 3.5 Baths
  • 3,695 SqFt

1244 Wellesley Rd, Shorewood Hills

$899,900 ↓ $50,000
MLS® # 1858805, 112 days, Active
1630 Adams St, Madison
  • Single Family
  • 3 Beds
  • 2.5 Baths
  • 3,509 SqFt

1630 Adams St, Madison

$899,900 ↑ $69,900
MLS® # 1846379, 291 days, Active
3865 Nakoma Rd, Madison
  • Single Family
  • 4 Beds
  • 3.5 Baths
  • 3,822 SqFt

3865 Nakoma Rd, Madison

$875,000
MLS® # 1867408, 15 days, Active
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4409 Winnequah Rd, Monona
  • Single Family
  • 3 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 2,165 SqFt

4409 Winnequah Rd, Monona

$849,900
MLS® # 1868203, 7 days, Active
2352 West Lawn Ave, Madison
  • Single Family
  • 4 Beds
  • 3.5 Baths
  • 2,709 SqFt

2352 West Lawn Ave, Madison

$795,000
MLS® # 1860376, 26 days, Active
1709 Hoyt St, Madison
  • Single Family
  • 4 Beds
  • 2.5 Baths
  • 2,936 SqFt

1709 Hoyt St, Madison

$750,000
MLS® # 1866165, 24 days, Active
1908 Arlington Pl, Madison
  • Single Family
  • 5 Beds
  • 3.5 Baths
  • 3,015 SqFt

1908 Arlington Pl, Madison

$749,000
MLS® # 1865776, 26 days, Active
5227 Harbor Ct, Madison
  • Single Family
  • 3 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 1,755 SqFt

5227 Harbor Ct, Madison

$734,900 ↓ $15,000
MLS® # 1852818, 174 days, Active
1716 Hoyt St, Madison
  • Single Family
  • 5 Beds
  • 3.5 Baths
  • 2,515 SqFt

1716 Hoyt St, Madison

$725,000 ↓ $13,000
MLS® # 1857612, 125 days, Active
2530 Marshall Pky, Madison
  • Single Family
  • 3 Beds
  • 2.5 Baths
  • 2,450 SqFt

2530 Marshall Pky, Madison

$695,000 ↓ $55,000
MLS® # 1860864, 90 days, Active
2379 Williams Point Dr, Pleasant Springs
  • Single Family
  • 4 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 2,067 SqFt

2379 Williams Point Dr, Pleasant Springs

$694,900 ↓ $35,000
MLS® # 1857614, 125 days, Offer-Show
4957 Haight Farm Rd, Fitchburg
  • Single Family
  • 3 Beds
  • 1 Baths
  • 1,412 SqFt

4957 Haight Farm Rd, Fitchburg

$675,000
MLS® # 1864166, 27 days, Offer-Show
2030 Yelk Rd, Sun Prairie
  • Single Family
  • 5 Beds
  • 4.5 Baths
  • 3,715 SqFt

2030 Yelk Rd, Sun Prairie

$675,000
MLS® # 1863753, 33 days, Active
1130 Shorewood Blvd, Shorewood Hills
  • Single Family
  • 5 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 2,866 SqFt

1130 Shorewood Blvd, Shorewood Hills

$635,000
MLS® # 1864922, 47 days, Active
729 Huron Hill, Madison
  • Single Family
  • 3 Beds
  • 2.5 Baths
  • 2,835 SqFt

729 Huron Hill, Madison

$625,000 ↓ $14,000
MLS® # 1858848, 111 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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