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, 265 days, Active
4264 N Birch Tr, Cross Plains
  • Single Family
  • 5 Beds
  • 1.5 Baths
  • 2,976 SqFt

4264 N Birch Tr, Cross Plains

$7,500,000 ↓ $1,400,000
MLS® # 1841385, 533 days, Active
135 N Prospect Ave, Madison
  • Single Family
  • 4 Beds
  • 4.5 Baths
  • 4,547 SqFt

135 N Prospect Ave, Madison

$1,425,000
MLS® # 1876499, 15 days, Active
3215 Lake Mendota Dr, Shorewood Hills
  • Single Family
  • 5 Beds
  • 3.5 Baths
  • 4,135 SqFt

3215 Lake Mendota Dr, Shorewood Hills

$1,200,000
MLS® # 1874943, 39 days, Offer-Show
722 Miami Pass, Madison
  • Single Family
  • 5 Beds
  • 3.5 Baths
  • 4,123 SqFt

722 Miami Pass, Madison

$990,000
MLS® # 1874724, 31 days, Offer-Show
730 Miami Pass, Madison
  • Single Family
  • 4 Beds
  • 2.5 Baths
  • 3,013 SqFt

730 Miami Pass, Madison

$975,000
MLS® # 1875587, 35 days, Offer-Show
4558 Hwy 78, Vermont
  • Single Family
  • 6 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 4,669 SqFt

4558 Hwy 78, Vermont

$967,000
MLS® # 1874829, 49 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, 454 days, Active
3906 Cherokee Dr, Madison
  • Single Family
  • 4 Beds
  • 3.5 Baths
  • 2,823 SqFt

3906 Cherokee Dr, Madison

$880,000 ↓ $82,000
MLS® # 1871795, 120 days, Offer-Show
3360 Timber Ln, Middleton
  • Single Family
  • 6 Beds
  • 5.5 Baths
  • 5,530 SqFt

3360 Timber Ln, Middleton

$849,900
MLS® # 1871644, 105 days, Active
3914 Manitou Way, Madison
  • Single Family
  • 4 Beds
  • 2.5 Baths
  • 3,213 SqFt

3914 Manitou Way, Madison

$849,000 ↓ $10,900
MLS® # 1874838, 35 days, Active
1122 University Bay Dr, Shorewood Hills
  • Single Family
  • 4 Beds
  • 2.5 Baths
  • 2,614 SqFt

1122 University Bay Dr, Shorewood Hills

$825,000
MLS® # 1876388, 21 days, Active
4409 Winnequah Rd, Monona
  • Single Family
  • 3 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 2,165 SqFt

4409 Winnequah Rd, Monona

$819,900 ↓ $30,000
MLS® # 1872517, 107 days, Active
New
4547 Winnequah Rd, Monona
  • Single Family
  • 4 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 3,140 SqFt

4547 Winnequah Rd, Monona

$815,000
MLS® # 1877015, 2 days, Active
324 S Main St, Verona
  • Single Family
  • 4 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 1,862 SqFt

324 S Main St, Verona

$749,000
MLS® # 1875609, 35 days, Active
1109 Seminole Hwy, Madison
  • Single Family
  • 4 Beds
  • 2.5 Baths
  • 2,626 SqFt

1109 Seminole Hwy, Madison

$715,000
MLS® # 1875677, 34 days, Offer-Show
5227 Harbor Ct, Madison
  • Single Family
  • 3 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 1,734 SqFt

5227 Harbor Ct, Madison

$675,000 ↓ $10,000
MLS® # 1870192, 144 days, Active
2263 Regent St, Madison
  • Single Family
  • 4 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 2,750 SqFt

2263 Regent St, Madison

$625,000
MLS® # 1876189, 16 days, Offer-Bump
New
1016 Jenifer St, Madison
  • Single Family
  • 4 Beds
  • 2.5 Baths
  • 2,134 SqFt

1016 Jenifer St, Madison

$624,900
MLS® # 1877431, 1 days, Active
1012 Jenifer St, Madison
  • Single Family
  • 5 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 2,658 SqFt

1012 Jenifer St, Madison

$619,900
MLS® # 1869045, 161 days, Offer-Show
115 Ash St, Madison
  • Single Family
  • 3 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 1,884 SqFt

115 Ash St, Madison

$600,000
MLS® # 1876544, 17 days, Offer-Show
1130 Shorewood Blvd, Shorewood Hills
  • Single Family
  • 5 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 2,866 SqFt

1130 Shorewood Blvd, Shorewood Hills

$600,000
MLS® # 1876439, 21 days, Active
115 N Spooner St, Madison
  • Single Family
  • 3 Beds
  • 1.5 Baths
  • 1,744 SqFt

115 N Spooner St, Madison

$599,900
MLS® # 1875122, 46 days, Offer-Show
New
5510 County Road Tt, Sun Prairie
  • Single Family
  • 4 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 2,294 SqFt

5510 County Road Tt, Sun Prairie

$550,000
MLS® # 1877043, 5 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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