This circa-1895 waterfront Victorian in Flanders listed for $980,000 is proof that patience is a virtue when buying a house.

Owner Rosalia Nigro, who purchased the home in 1997, says she found the property after two years of hunting for a Victorian on the water with land and “hopefully a barn.”

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“This is just what my vision was,” she says of her current home on 1.37 acres, which is now listed with Robert Pace of Douglas Elliman Real Estate.

The Queen Anne-style three-bedroom, three-bath home was originally two of a kind.

Nigro’s home, situated on Huntington Lane, was built for Thomas Dunbar; its “twin,” on Flanders Road, belonged to his brother, A.J. Both were members of the Flanders Club, where they hunted, fished, grew to love the area and built some of the hamlet’s first homes.

The home’s interior blends vintage features, such as reclaimed wood floors, stained-glass windows, bead-board ceilings and crown moldings, with modern amenities like a kitchen equipped with Wolf, Miele and Sub-Zero appliances.

A two-year renovation and expansion, completed in 2008, yielded a new kitchen, dining room, great room and water views through new French doors and windows. Nigro added a studio above the property’s barn, which she restored before renovating the home.

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Nigro, a plein-air painter, can draw plenty of inspiration from bay views from a covered, wraparound porch, a rooftop balcony and a second-floor balcony deck.