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Most million-dollar listings boast a chef's kitchen. This Rocky Point home has plenty of space for a serious cook and entertainer.

Long Island homes: Million dollar look for less

In today's market, it takes a little bit more than stainless-steel appliances and granite countertops to dazzle home buyers and give a million-dollar impression.

Here's a look at some Long Island homes with some extra wow factors -- functional designs, outdoor oases, even an indoor fish pond -- without the seven-figure listing prices.

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Glen Cove: $649,000What this six-room Victorian lacks in

Glen Cove: $649,000

What this six-room Victorian lacks in space it makes up for in sunlight and 1920s charm, mixed with modern sophistication.

Glen Cove: $649,000The meticulously maintained home has gleaming

Glen Cove: $649,000

The meticulously maintained home has gleaming hardwood floors and custom moldings throughout, a big bay window in front and a set of French doors leading to a downstairs sitting area.

Glen Cove: $649,000The centerpiece is the open kitchen.

Glen Cove: $649,000

The centerpiece is the open kitchen. Sellers Tiziana and Jonathan Morton pulled out the dark wood upper cabinets and found a carpenter to create open shelving. They then painted the lower cabinets white and added brushed nickel hardware throughout the house.

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Glen Cove: $649,000Out back is a renovated chicken

Glen Cove: $649,000

Out back is a renovated chicken coop, which the Mortons used as an exercise room, but which could also serve as a home office or artist's studio. The front yard is lushly landscaped, with lilacs and hydrangeas peeking through the windows, and high hedges that keep the property private.

Glen Cove: $649,000The home is listed with Vivian

Glen Cove: $649,000

The home is listed with Vivian Parisi and Iris Eplan, Daniel Gale Sotheby's International Realty (516-759-6822).

Rocky Point: $779,000Most million-dollar listings boast a chef's
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Rocky Point: $779,000

Most million-dollar listings boast a chef's kitchen. This Rocky Point home has plenty of space for a serious cook and entertainer.

Rocky Point: $779,000The main kitchen of the Postmodern-style
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Rocky Point: $779,000

The main kitchen of the Postmodern-style house was renovated to include custom wood cabinets with specially designed spaces to hide oft-used appliances but still allow them to be easily accessible.

Rocky Point: $779,000In addition, there is a smaller
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Rocky Point: $779,000

In addition, there is a smaller kitchen closer to the backyard — which has an in-ground pool, and is steps to a private beach — with a fridge and freezer, double oven and dishwasher (the house has three dishwashers in all). Also out back is a stone-accented outdoor cooking area with a gas grill, charcoal grill and a cooler, along with storage space.

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Rocky Point: $779,000There are plenty of other entertaining
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Rocky Point: $779,000

There are plenty of other entertaining features, including a billiards room on the first floor with granite floors and a fireplace with a hand-carved wood mantel.

Rocky Point: $779,000Off the foyer is an indoor
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Rocky Point: $779,000

Off the foyer is an indoor fish pond, complete with a small wooden footbridge that crosses over it.

Rocky Point: $779,000The house is listed with Mary
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Rocky Point: $779,000

The house is listed with Mary Lynch of Daniel Gale Sotheby's International Realty (631-689-6980).

Blue Point: $559,000This three-story Colonial by the water
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Blue Point: $559,000

This three-story Colonial by the water blends history and function — and also stayed high and dry during superstorm Sandy. Sellers Nicole and Robert Waldbauer have renovated the 1920 house in phases since moving in 11 years ago. They stripped the house of its whitewashed aluminum siding and put up vinyl siding with a faux weathered look in a striking blue-green color.

Blue Point: $559,000Along with upgrading the heating, hot
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Blue Point: $559,000

Along with upgrading the heating, hot water and electrical systems, they fully renovated the kitchen and bathrooms.

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Blue Point: $559,000Outside, the house's owners expanded the
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Blue Point: $559,000

Outside, the house's owners expanded the deck around the pool, and Robert Waldbauer built a rustic wood bar to occupy a bit of empty space by the back doors.

Blue Point: $559,000All the shades of paint inside
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Blue Point: $559,000

All the shades of paint inside the house are Benjamin Moore Historical Colors, and the couple kept the original glass doorknobs.

Blue Point: $559,000
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Blue Point: $559,000

"Whenever we renovated, we wanted to make it new and functional, but we wanted to keep the charm of the house," Nicole Waldbauer says.

Wading River: $799,900When contractor John Zoumas built this
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Wading River: $799,900

When contractor John Zoumas built this home for his family 13 years ago, he made sure to include all of the high-end features home buyers have come to expect, including custom crown molding and cabinets, granite countertops and radiant heating on the first floor.

Wading River: $799,900At the time, Zoumas built high-quality
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Wading River: $799,900

At the time, Zoumas built high-quality homes, but they didn't have the same array of fine details. "Now that the market's softened a little, these days people are looking for the crown moldings, the custom cabinets, nice doors," Zoumas says.

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Wading River: $799,900The house, on 3.5 private acres
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Wading River: $799,900

The house, on 3.5 private acres at the top of a hill with views of Wading River, should appeal to car enthusiasts — there's a three-car attached garage and a heated, four-car detached garage.

Wading River: $799,900The home is listed with Mildred
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Wading River: $799,900

The home is listed with Mildred Thomas of Landmark Realty of Long Island (631-929-3600).

Miller Place: $649,000With vaulted ceilings, a dressing room
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Miller Place: $649,000

With vaulted ceilings, a dressing room and gas fireplace, the expansive master suite in this remodeled home is nearly as large as the original 1,400- square-foot ranch that once occupied the property.

Miller Place: $649,000Owner Joe Martirano spared no expense
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Miller Place: $649,000

Owner Joe Martirano spared no expense when creating this Postmodern home, with an open floor plan and an eye-catching loft area that overlooks the living room and dining area below. Along with the requisite granite kitchen countertops, there are cherrywood floors and detailed moldings and railings on the balcony and staircase.

Miller Place: $649,000The four bedrooms all have full
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Miller Place: $649,000

The four bedrooms all have full bathrooms, and there is a home theater with plush leather recliners that Martirano says can be left if a buyer is interested.

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Miller Place: $649,000The backyard is luxurious, with a
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Miller Place: $649,000

The backyard is luxurious, with a deck that towers over the heated in-ground pool and spa with small waterfalls. There's also an outdoor shower and cooking area with a grill and refrigerator.

Miller Place: $649,000
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Miller Place: $649,000

"I've had a lot of people say this would be worth a million-and-a-half dollars if it was in Nassau County," he says. The home is listed with Richard Ledoux of Coach Realtors (631-928-5484).

Bellmore: $769,000The living is easy in this renovated
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Bellmore: $769,000

The living is easy in this renovated split-level home in Bellmore, which gives off the vibe of a summer retreat. Off the master bedroom is an extension with an open veranda that the owners say feels like a treehouse.

Bellmore: $769,000Seller Leigh Koch hung curtains and installed
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Bellmore: $769,000

Seller Leigh Koch hung curtains and installed teak flooring, which is raised and allows water to flow underneath it and off the roof.

Bellmore: $769,000Much of the backyard is taken up
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Bellmore: $769,000

Much of the backyard is taken up by a curved gunite pool and a lounge area with pavers and a fire pit.

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Bellmore: $769,000The eat-in kitchen was recently renovated with
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Bellmore: $769,000

The eat-in kitchen was recently renovated with granite countertops, and it opens to a large living room with herringbone inlaid wood floors.

Bellmore: $769,000The three bathrooms are all updated, including
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Bellmore: $769,000

The three bathrooms are all updated, including one tiled in vibrant shades of blue, green and gray.

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