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
7266 Riverside Rd, Verona
  • Single Family
  • 4 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 1,824 SqFt

7266 Riverside Rd, Verona

$10,500,000
MLS® # 1861509, 20 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, 304 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, 117 days, Active
1175 Farwell Dr, Maple Bluff
  • Single Family
  • 4 Beds
  • 3.5 Baths
  • 3,125 SqFt

1175 Farwell Dr, Maple Bluff

$1,775,000
MLS® # 1859428, 40 days, Offer-Show
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, 27 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, 312 days, Active
705 Woodward Dr, Madison
  • Single Family
  • 4 Beds
  • 3.5 Baths
  • 4,473 SqFt

705 Woodward Dr, Madison

$1,400,000
MLS® # 1860590, 24 days, Offer-Show
2120 Waunona Way, Madison
  • Single Family
  • 4 Beds
  • 2.5 Baths
  • 3,637 SqFt

2120 Waunona Way, Madison

$1,250,000
MLS® # 1861156, 24 days, Offer-Show
1209 Shorewood Blvd, Shorewood Hills
  • Single Family
  • 4 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 3,557 SqFt

1209 Shorewood Blvd, Shorewood Hills

$1,025,000 ↓ $75,000
MLS® # 1857789, 45 days, Offer-Show
605 Woodward Dr, Madison
  • Single Family
  • 5 Beds
  • 4 Baths
  • 3,465 SqFt

605 Woodward Dr, Madison

$1,000,000
MLS® # 1858433, 38 days, Offer-Show
New
4558 Hwy 78, Vermont
  • Single Family
  • 6 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 4,669 SqFt

4558 Hwy 78, Vermont

$967,000
MLS® # 1862838, 5 days, Active
New
1919 Jefferson St, Madison
  • Single Family
  • 4 Beds
  • 2.5 Baths
  • 3,065 SqFt

1919 Jefferson St, Madison

$950,000
MLS® # 1863022, 3 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, 46 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, 223 days, Active
2530 Marshall Pky, Madison
  • Single Family
  • 3 Beds
  • 2.5 Baths
  • 2,450 SqFt

2530 Marshall Pky, Madison

$850,000
MLS® # 1860864, 23 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, 81 days, Offer-Show
1902 Arlington Pl, Madison
  • Single Family
  • 5 Beds
  • 3.5 Baths
  • 4,266 SqFt

1902 Arlington Pl, Madison

$800,000
MLS® # 1857063, 45 days, Offer-Show
2947 Camp Leonard Rd, Dunn
  • Single Family
  • 4 Beds
  • 1 Baths
  • 1,700 SqFt

2947 Camp Leonard Rd, Dunn

$799,900
MLS® # 1854244, 95 days, Offer-Show
New
2101 Chamberlain Ave, Madison
  • Single Family
  • 5 Beds
  • 3.5 Baths
  • 2,745 SqFt

2101 Chamberlain Ave, Madison

$750,000
MLS® # 1861367, 5 days, Active
1716 Hoyt St, Madison
  • Single Family
  • 4 Beds
  • 3.5 Baths
  • 2,515 SqFt

1716 Hoyt St, Madison

$738,000 ↓ $12,000
MLS® # 1857612, 60 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, 109 days, Active
310 Campbell St, Madison
  • Single Family
  • 5 Beds
  • 2.5 Baths
  • 2,431 SqFt

310 Campbell St, Madison

$700,000 ↓ $25,000
MLS® # 1853868, 80 days, Offer-Show
34 Cambridge Rd, Maple Bluff
  • Single Family
  • 3 Beds
  • 2.5 Baths
  • 2,840 SqFt

34 Cambridge Rd, Maple Bluff

$696,000
MLS® # 1858042, 55 days, Offer-Show
1716 Jefferson St, Madison
  • Single Family
  • 4 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 2,577 SqFt

1716 Jefferson St, Madison

$695,000 ↓ $24,000
MLS® # 1860953, 26 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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