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

$6,500,000 ↓ $1,000,000
MLS® # 1841385, 694 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, 426 days, Offer-Show
739 Farwell Dr, Maple Bluff
  • Single Family
  • 4 Beds
  • 2.5 Baths
  • 4,174 SqFt

739 Farwell Dr, Maple Bluff

$2,100,000
MLS® # 1888141, 19 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, 150 days, Active
473 Hwy 78, Perry
  • Single Family
  • 4 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 3,355 SqFt

473 Hwy 78, Perry

$1,200,000
MLS® # 1878321, 156 days, Offer-Show
3547 Topping Rd, Shorewood Hills
  • Single Family
  • 4 Beds
  • 4.5 Baths
  • 4,062 SqFt

3547 Topping Rd, Shorewood Hills

$1,180,000 ↓ $70,000
MLS® # 1875124, 131 days, Active
10879 Zwettler Rd, Vermont
  • Single Family
  • 2 Beds
  • 1 Baths
  • 812 SqFt

10879 Zwettler Rd, Vermont

$1,090,000
MLS® # 1882231, 95 days, Active
1010 Grant St, Madison
  • Single Family
  • 6 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 3,629 SqFt

1010 Grant St, Madison

$1,050,000
MLS® # 1888356, 23 days, Active
4315 Winnequah Rd, Monona
  • Single Family
  • 3 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 2,614 SqFt

4315 Winnequah Rd, Monona

$975,000
MLS® # 1883640, 59 days, Active
1152 County Road H, Perry
  • Single Family
  • 2 Beds
  • 1.5 Baths
  • 1,920 SqFt

1152 County Road H, Perry

$960,000
MLS® # 1886364, 48 days, Active
2113 Adams St, Madison
  • Single Family
  • 4 Beds
  • 2.5 Baths
  • 3,859 SqFt

2113 Adams St, Madison

$949,000 ↓ $26,000
MLS® # 1880514, 128 days, Active
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4541 Winnequah Rd, Monona
  • Single Family
  • 5 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 3,325 SqFt

4541 Winnequah Rd, Monona

$920,000
MLS® # 1889733, 7 days, Active
3040 Commercial Ave, Madison
  • Single Family
  • 3 Beds
  • 1 Baths
  • 1,100 SqFt

3040 Commercial Ave, Madison

$910,000
MLS® # 1888804, 10 days, Active
3046 Commercial Ave, Madison
  • Single Family
  • 4 Beds
  • 1 Baths
  • 1,665 SqFt

3046 Commercial Ave, Madison

$910,000
MLS® # 1888803, 10 days, Active
133 N Prospect Ave, Madison
  • Single Family
  • 5 Beds
  • 2.5 Baths
  • 3,128 SqFt

133 N Prospect Ave, Madison

$900,000 ↓ $50,000
MLS® # 1888611, 21 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, 615 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, 266 days, Offer-Show
2306 West Lawn Ave, Madison
  • Single Family
  • 4 Beds
  • 3.5 Baths
  • 2,679 SqFt

2306 West Lawn Ave, Madison

$795,000
MLS® # 1889432, 8 days, Offer-Show
617 Riverside Dr, Madison
  • Single Family
  • 3 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 2,236 SqFt

617 Riverside Dr, Madison

$745,000
MLS® # 1883770, 81 days, Active
2003 Van Hise Ave, Madison
  • Single Family
  • 4 Beds
  • 2.5 Baths
  • 2,520 SqFt

2003 Van Hise Ave, Madison

$725,000
MLS® # 1888293, 25 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, 144 days, Active
1088 Henry Rd, Montrose
  • Single Family
  • 4 Beds
  • 3.5 Baths
  • 2,562 SqFt

1088 Henry Rd, Montrose

$629,000
MLS® # 1882565, 95 days, Offer-Show
1802 Jefferson St, Madison
  • Single Family
  • 4 Beds
  • 1.5 Baths
  • 2,065 SqFt

1802 Jefferson St, Madison

$625,000 ↓ $50,000
MLS® # 1880520, 122 days, Active
5354 Blue Bill Park Dr, Westport
  • Single Family
  • 3 Beds
  • 1 Baths
  • 1,398 SqFt

5354 Blue Bill Park Dr, Westport

$599,900
MLS® # 1888031, 28 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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