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

$6,500,000

↓ $1,000,000

4264 N Birch Tr, Cross Plains

5 Beds 1.5 Baths 2,976 SqFt Single Family MLS® # 1841385
5827 County Road P, Springfield

$2,500,000

5827 County Road P, Springfield

4 Beds 1 Bath 1,690 SqFt Single Family MLS® # 1891844
1634 Sherman Ave, Madison

$1,950,000

1634 Sherman Ave, Madison

4 Beds 3.5 Baths 4,552 SqFt Single Family MLS® # 1915619
New
2296 Tower Dr, Pleasant Springs

$1,595,000

2296 Tower Dr, Pleasant Springs

7 Beds 4.5 Baths 5,635 SqFt Single Family MLS® # 1916071
3223 Lake Mendota Dr, Shorewood Hills

$1,500,000

3223 Lake Mendota Dr, Shorewood Hills

4 Beds 3.5 Baths 4,685 SqFt Single Family MLS® # 1914076
3068 County Road T, Sun Prairie

$1,500,000

3068 County Road T, Sun Prairie

4 Beds 1.5 Baths 2,286 SqFt Single Family MLS® # 1908081
210 Lathrop St, Madison

$1,350,000

210 Lathrop St, Madison

4 Beds 3.5 Baths 3,725 SqFt Single Family MLS® # 1910885
1938 Rowley Ave, Madison

$1,250,000

↓ $50,000

1938 Rowley Ave, Madison

5 Beds 3.5 Baths 3,858 SqFt Single Family MLS® # 1912099
730 Miami Pass, Madison

$1,100,000

730 Miami Pass, Madison

4 Beds 2.5 Baths 3,013 SqFt Single Family MLS® # 1914982
7001 Meier Rd, Madison

$999,000

↓ $101,000

7001 Meier Rd, Madison

3 Beds 2.5 Baths 2,344 SqFt Single Family MLS® # 1891037
1530 Vilas Ave, Madison

$929,000

1530 Vilas Ave, Madison

4 Beds 3.5 Baths 3,266 SqFt Single Family MLS® # 1915088
New
208 Lakewood Blvd, Maple Bluff

$900,000

208 Lakewood Blvd, Maple Bluff

3 Beds 2.5 Baths 4,157 SqFt Single Family MLS® # 1915865
1908 Arlington Pl, Madison

$875,000

1908 Arlington Pl, Madison

5 Beds 3.5 Baths 3,015 SqFt Single Family MLS® # 1913780
1051 Spaight St, Madison

$765,000

1051 Spaight St, Madison

5 Beds 4 Baths 3,065 SqFt Single Family MLS® # 1915408
2290 County Road Ab, Dunn

$709,000

2290 County Road Ab, Dunn

4 Beds 2 Baths 1,869 SqFt Single Family MLS® # 1913024
902 West Shore Dr, Madison

$685,000

902 West Shore Dr, Madison

3 Beds 1.5 Baths 2,165 SqFt Single Family MLS® # 1911534
2309 West Lawn Ave, Madison

$675,000

2309 West Lawn Ave, Madison

3 Beds 2.5 Baths 2,379 SqFt Single Family MLS® # 1911846
1351 Rutledge St, Madison

$660,000

1351 Rutledge St, Madison

5 Beds 2 Baths 2,423 SqFt Single Family MLS® # 1912423
242 Dunning St, Madison

$650,000

242 Dunning St, Madison

3 Beds 2.5 Baths 2,134 SqFt Single Family MLS® # 1908834
New
2022 Jefferson St, Madison

$634,900

2022 Jefferson St, Madison

3 Beds 1.5 Baths 2,458 SqFt Single Family MLS® # 1914394
510 Maple Ave, Madison

$634,900

↓ $40,000

510 Maple Ave, Madison

4 Beds 2.5 Baths 2,390 SqFt Single Family MLS® # 1909011
123 E Main St, Cambridge

$599,000

↓ $26,000

123 E Main St, Cambridge

5 Beds 6.5 Baths 3,684 SqFt Single Family MLS® # 1906435
104 N 3rd St, Mount Horeb

$595,900

104 N 3rd St, Mount Horeb

4 Beds 3 Baths 3,600 SqFt Single Family MLS® # 1913536
2216 Colladay Point Dr, Dunn

$589,088

↓ $19,912

2216 Colladay Point Dr, Dunn

3 Beds 2.5 Baths 1,374 SqFt Single Family MLS® # 1913027

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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