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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Historic Dane County Real Estate Statistics

Average Price $637K
Lowest Price $170K
Highest Price $6M
Total Listings 91
Avg. Days On Market 58
Avg. Price/SQFT $321

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5975 Reis Rd, Westport

$6,000,000

5975 Reis Rd, Westport

4 Beds 1 Bath 1,890 SqFt Single Family MLS® # 1944089
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
614 Farwell Dr, Maple Bluff

$1,950,000

614 Farwell Dr, Maple Bluff

4 Beds 4.5 Baths 4,250 SqFt Single Family MLS® # 1943910
1016 Sherman Ave, Madison

$1,450,000

↓ $150,000

1016 Sherman Ave, Madison

5 Beds 2.5 Baths 3,950 SqFt Single Family MLS® # 1940587
3706 Nakoma Rd, Madison

$1,400,000

3706 Nakoma Rd, Madison

5 Beds 3.5 Baths 3,702 SqFt Single Family MLS® # 1943161
3412 Blackhawk Dr, Shorewood Hills

$1,400,000

3412 Blackhawk Dr, Shorewood Hills

4 Beds 2.5 Baths 3,493 SqFt Single Family MLS® # 1942852
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
5799 Portage Rd, Burke

$1,400,000

↓ $200,000

5799 Portage Rd, Burke

4 Beds 2 Baths 2,040 SqFt Single Family MLS® # 1925739
702 Oneida Pl, Madison

$1,325,000

702 Oneida Pl, Madison

4 Beds 3.5 Baths 3,688 SqFt Single Family MLS® # 1943788
4113 Mandan Crescent, Madison

$1,099,000

4113 Mandan Crescent, Madison

4 Beds 2.5 Baths 3,658 SqFt Single Family MLS® # 1942534
1022-1024 Sherman Ave, Madison

$1,075,000

1022-1024 Sherman Ave, Madison

5 Beds 3 Baths 3,253 SqFt Single Family MLS® # 1935530
485 County Road H, Perry

$1,000,000

485 County Road H, Perry

3 Beds 2 Baths 2,112 SqFt Single Family MLS® # 1934590
41 N Roby Rd, Madison

$869,900

↓ $30,100

41 N Roby Rd, Madison

4 Beds 1.5 Baths 2,775 SqFt Single Family MLS® # 1942429
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3220 Topping Rd, Shorewood Hills

$849,900

3220 Topping Rd, Shorewood Hills

3 Beds 2.5 Baths 2,030 SqFt Single Family MLS® # 1943835
2802 Lakeland Ave, Madison

$825,000

2802 Lakeland Ave, Madison

4 Beds 3 Baths 3,005 SqFt Single Family MLS® # 1943721
374 North St, Sun Prairie

$809,900

374 North St, Sun Prairie

4 Beds 4.5 Baths 4,270 SqFt Single Family MLS® # 1940461
3910 Nakoma Rd, Madison

$799,900

3910 Nakoma Rd, Madison

3 Beds 2.5 Baths 2,307 SqFt Single Family MLS® # 1940766
124 W Gilman St, Madison

$750,000

↓ $49,000

124 W Gilman St, Madison

7 Beds 2 Baths 2,294 SqFt Single Family MLS® # 1939222
720 Baltzell St, Madison

$700,000

720 Baltzell St, Madison

3 Beds 2.5 Baths 1,568 SqFt Single Family MLS® # 1943885
2536 Van Hise Ave, Madison

$699,000

↓ $51,000

2536 Van Hise Ave, Madison

4 Beds 2 Baths 1,684 SqFt Single Family MLS® # 1943772
3062 Shaw Ct, Dunn

$699,000

↓ $20,000

3062 Shaw Ct, Dunn

3 Beds 3 Baths 1,641 SqFt Single Family MLS® # 1942060
345 Kensington Dr, Maple Bluff

$650,000

↓ $25,000

345 Kensington Dr, Maple Bluff

4 Beds 2.5 Baths 2,948 SqFt Single Family MLS® # 1940364
733 Miami Pass, Madison

$650,000

↓ $29,900

733 Miami Pass, Madison

3 Beds 1.5 Baths 1,732 SqFt Single Family MLS® # 1940415
1151 E Johnson St, Madison

$645,000

↓ $50,000

1151 E Johnson St, Madison

4 Beds 3 Baths 2,590 SqFt Single Family MLS® # 1937091

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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