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Ann Arbor, Michigan. Frank Lloyd Wright designed this two-bedroom home in 1938. In 1979, a University of Michigan professor bought the plans and had it built. The house features walls of layered wood and brick, built-ins, carved-wood cutouts, and angled windows.

The 10-acre property has Japanese-style landscaping, a vegetable garden, and access to Honey Creek. $998,500. JoAnn Barrett, Howard Hanna Real Estate Services, (734) 678-8729.

Missoula, Montana. This 1896 catalog home in Rattlesnake Valley is minutes from the University of Montana. The five-bedroom Victorian includes the original entry, dining room, and parlors with carved walls and staircase; a great room with period details; an eat-in chef's kitchen; and a lower level with wine cellar, theater, and pool table.

The 1-acre lot features a seasonal creek and a one-bedroom guesthouse with garage. $1,995,000. Dawn Maddux, Engel & Völkers Western Frontier, (406) 550-4131.

Tucson. Set in the Catalina Foothills, this modern five-bedroom home is just 20 minutes' drive from the University of Arizona. Designed by Rob Paulus Architects, the airy one-story house has en-suite bedrooms, hardwood and Italian porcelain floors, insulated steel-framed walls, and oversize windows offering mountain views.

The 3.4-acre property includes a pool, patios, and native landscaping. $3,250,000. Marta Harvey, Russ Lyon Sotheby's International Realty, (520) 906-0367.

Columbus, Ohio. A short drive from Ohio State University, this three-bedroom home overlooks historic Schiller Park. The 1900 house features oak floors; original stained- and leaded-glass windows and wood molding and trim; four antique-tile fireplaces; a spiral staircase to a loft in the double-height living room; a third-floor living space with second kitchen; and an elevator.

Outside are a fountain, stone pavers, a yard, and a two-car garage. $1,250,000. Paul D. Myers, Coldwell Banker, (614) 774-1156.

Hanover, New Hampshire. This four-bedroom home at the base of Moose Mountain is also close to downtown and Dartmouth College. The house, built in 2000 in midcentury-modern style, comprises three structures connected by a raised walkway: an open-concept living area; a studio/apartment over a garage; and a screened porch in the trees.

Walls of glass and oversize windows frame the 34-acre property's birch forest, stone terrace, and private swimming pond. $1,850,000. Christopher Lang, LandVest, (802) 274-4048.

Burlington, Vermont. This 1896 Victorian is a five-minute drive from the University of Vermont. The five-bedroom house features the original cherry and oak entry and staircase and Tiffany windows; an updated kitchen; a master bath with copper soaking tub, gas fireplace, and dressing room; lake views; and a studio apartment.

The landscaped lot has a stone patio and lawns. $1,929,000. Kathy O'Brien, Four Seasons Sotheby's International Realty, (802) 864-0541.

Austin. Built in 1950 and recently renovated, this open-concept studio bungalow is close to an 89-acre park and city amenities, and 15 minutes by car to the University of Texas. The home has floors made of seven species of hardwood, a claw-foot soaking tub and walk-in shower, and stainless kitchen appliances.

Outside are a wraparound deck, evergreen landscaping, and cedar fencing with a motorized gate. $350,000. Lisa Munoz, Realty Austin, (512) 600-8294.

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