Homes with wraparound porches gained popularity in the 19th century. No matter how the style may have been tweaked over time, these porches always manage to exude warmth and charm. "A porch is a very inviting feature," says Karen Sharf of Hunt Ashley Group, who is marketing the Sea Cliff Victorian on these pages. The homeowner says, "It's why I bought the house. When I saw this porch, I couldn't believe my eyes. It's my outdoor living room."

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41 Hilton Ave.


Vintage Victorian-style homes often feature a partial or full-width front porch. True to its era, this distinctive 1883 oldie has a wide front porch that wraps to the side. It is accessible from the front steps and the backyard.

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The room right above the porch is a study. Freshly painted, the house has a new roof and new leaders on the Yankee gutters. The windows also are new. Some of the ceilings are new as well.

Interior details include wood floors, French doors, doors with glass knobs and nine- and 10-foot ceilings. There are seven bedrooms and 3½ bathrooms. (The master bedroom has the half-bath). The basement has a brick foundation, brick columns and a tin ceiling.

The detached, two-car garage was rebuilt a couple of years ago. The lot size is 100 by 200 feet. Fortune Heaney, Claudia Galvin and Lisa Heaney, Daniel Gale Sotheby's International Realty, 516-521-9772, 516-972-8389 and 516-376-3470, respectively.

Sea Cliff

94 Glenlawn Ave.


From front to back, the wraparound porch on this 1899 Victorian is the place to be in nice weather, says the homeowner.

Recently renovated, the three-story vintage home offers original details as well as modern amenities. Features include high ceilings, wood floors and moldings.

There are two fireplaces, an updated kitchen and 3½ updated bathrooms. The layout includes a large entrance foyer, formal living and dining rooms and five bedrooms, including two on the third floor.

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The second-floor master suite has a walk-in closet (originally the sewing room) and a large bathroom with Jacuzzi, shower and bidet.

The house is on a 100-by-207-foot parcel, where there is a detached, two-car garage. Karen Sharf, Hunt Ashley Group, 516-972-7647.

East Rockaway

82 Centre Ave.

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Built in 1900, this 14-room Victorian has a wraparound porch on one side and a portico constructed for carriages on the other. Also original are moldings, pocket doors and a "massive" staircase, says the listing agent.

Special features include wood floors and a fireplace. The floor plan includes a foyer, living room, den, dining room and eat-in kitchen. There are five bedrooms and three bathrooms as well as a finished basement and third floor.

It is set on three-quarters of an acre, with a detached, four-car garage that once was the carriage house. Judith Hart, Century 21 Sherlock Homes, Rockville Centre, 516-764-2601.


174 Woodbury Rd.


Ideal for rocking chairs and other outdoor furniture, this covered porch, which has a ceiling fan, wraps around to the side of the house.

Built around 1856, the seven-room Colonial displays many vintage features, such as extensive millwork, moldings and wood floors.

The main level includes a living room with a faux fireplace and five windows, formal dining room, eat-in kitchen with white cabinets and appliances, mud room and powder room.

There are three bedrooms and a bathroom on the second floor. The family bathroom is outfitted with a claw-foot tub and a stall shower; the master bedroom has a balcony.

The house also has a partially finished basement and a bonus room on the third floor.

The .39-acre parcel is landscaped in part with a patio, sports court and heated pool (with new liner) that is built into the deck. Victoria Hurban, Keller Williams Realty Greater Nassau, 631-338-9993.

Miller Place

9 Miller Place Middle Island Rd.


Featuring a mostly cedar shake exterior with some clapboard and a wraparound porch, this 1988 home on a 1.13-acre parcel has curb appeal, says the listing agent, noting that a half-acre is wooded while the rest of the property is manicured.

An in-ground saltwater pool surrounded by brick pavers is part of the landscape.

The porch wraps to the side of the house and is accessible from the front and back as well as from the dining room through sliding-glass doors.

Inside, there are wood floors, recessed lighting, skylights, Bay windows and a stone fireplace.

Of nine rooms, there is a living room, family room, dining room, eat-in kitchen and four bedrooms. The master suite has two walk-in closets and a bathroom with a dual vanity, whirlpool tub and separate shower.

There are 2½ bathrooms. Amenities include central air-conditioning and in-ground sprinklers. Peter McMahon, Redfin Real Estate, 631-517-0637.