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

$8,900,000 ↑ $1,000,000
MLS® # 1841385, 249 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, 62 days, Active
1 Thorstrand Rd, Madison
  • Single Family
  • 6 Beds
  • 3.5 Baths
  • 5,461 SqFt

1 Thorstrand Rd, Madison

$1,600,000
MLS® # 1839498, 257 days, Active
833 Miami Pass, Madison
  • Single Family
  • 4 Beds
  • 3.5 Baths
  • 3,549 SqFt

833 Miami Pass, Madison

$925,000
MLS® # 1855595, 20 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, 168 days, Active
3425 Crestwood Dr, Shorewood Hills
  • Single Family
  • 4 Beds
  • 2.5 Baths
  • 3,321 SqFt

3425 Crestwood Dr, Shorewood Hills

$850,000
MLS® # 1855020, 31 days, Active
3549 Lake Mendota Dr, Shorewood Hills
  • Single Family
  • 4 Beds
  • 2.5 Baths
  • 2,576 SqFt

3549 Lake Mendota Dr, Shorewood Hills

$825,000 ↑ $25,000
MLS® # 1853326, 26 days, Active
2947 Camp Leonard Rd, Dunn
  • Single Family
  • 4 Beds
  • 1 Baths
  • 1,700 SqFt

2947 Camp Leonard Rd, Dunn

$799,900
MLS® # 1854244, 40 days, Offer-Show
4126 Mandan Crescent, Madison
  • Single Family
  • 4 Beds
  • 2.5 Baths
  • 2,727 SqFt

4126 Mandan Crescent, Madison

$779,900 ↑ $20,000
MLS® # 1853606, 26 days, Active
2011 Chadbourne Ave, Madison
  • Single Family
  • 4 Beds
  • 2.5 Baths
  • 2,976 SqFt

2011 Chadbourne Ave, Madison

$775,000
MLS® # 1852436, 56 days, Offer-Show
822 Farwell Dr, Maple Bluff
  • Single Family
  • 5 Beds
  • 3.5 Baths
  • 4,080 SqFt

822 Farwell Dr, Maple Bluff

$775,000 ↑ $5,000
MLS® # 1846984, 143 days, Offer-Show
1142 Waban Hill, Madison
  • Single Family
  • 4 Beds
  • 2.5 Baths
  • 3,272 SqFt

1142 Waban Hill, Madison

$764,900 ↑ $10,000
MLS® # 1849569, 103 days, Offer-Show
4157 Mandan Crescent, Madison
  • Single Family
  • 4 Beds
  • 3.5 Baths
  • 3,412 SqFt

4157 Mandan Crescent, Madison

$760,000 ↑ $19,000
MLS® # 1851710, 68 days, Offer-Show
New
1620 Waunona Way, Madison
  • Single Family
  • 4 Beds
  • 2.5 Baths
  • 3,499 SqFt

1620 Waunona Way, Madison

$750,000
MLS® # 1857771, 3 days, Active
New
1716 Hoyt St, Madison
  • Single Family
  • 4 Beds
  • 3.5 Baths
  • 2,515 SqFt

1716 Hoyt St, Madison

$750,000
MLS® # 1857612, 5 days, Active
1427 Morrison St, Madison
  • Single Family
  • 3 Beds
  • 1.5 Baths
  • 2,084 SqFt

1427 Morrison St, Madison

$750,000
MLS® # 1848717, 118 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, 54 days, Active
New
2379 Williams Point Dr, Pleasant Springs
  • Single Family
  • 4 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 2,067 SqFt

2379 Williams Point Dr, Pleasant Springs

$729,900
MLS® # 1857614, 5 days, Active
310 Campbell St, Madison
  • Single Family
  • 5 Beds
  • 2.5 Baths
  • 2,431 SqFt

310 Campbell St, Madison

$725,000 ↑ $25,000
MLS® # 1853868, 25 days, Active
2242 Fox Ave, Madison
  • Single Family
  • 3 Beds
  • 2.5 Baths
  • 2,384 SqFt

2242 Fox Ave, Madison

$699,900 ↓ $900
MLS® # 1851938, 64 days, Offer-Bump
2049 Skaalen Rd, Pleasant Springs
  • Single Family
  • 5 Beds
  • 2.5 Baths
  • 2,772 SqFt

2049 Skaalen Rd, Pleasant Springs

$699,900
MLS® # 1847396, 139 days, Offer-Show
749 Baltzell St, Madison
  • Single Family
  • 3 Beds
  • 2.5 Baths
  • 3,440 SqFt

749 Baltzell St, Madison

$679,000
MLS® # 1851096, 76 days, Active
1130 Shorewood Blvd, Shorewood Hills
  • Single Family
  • 5 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 2,866 SqFt

1130 Shorewood Blvd, Shorewood Hills

$675,000
MLS® # 1852484, 57 days, Active
180 Hwy 69, Primrose
  • Single Family
  • 4 Beds
  • 5.5 Baths
  • 3,839 SqFt

180 Hwy 69, Primrose

$669,900
MLS® # 1853065, 50 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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