The home featured on our cover was crafted with the intention to impress, and clearly this objective has been achieved. But first impressions only hint at the value and experience of this property.

Located at a point where a canal and the Intracoastal Waterway intersect, it occupies an unparalleled location with panoramic vistas, deep water and easy access to the Atlantic. Currently, it’s the only new construction on the Intracoastal point lot in Boca Raton, but what makes it undeniably one of Boca’s prime properties is exceptional forward-looking design that is perfectly executed by luxury developer Mary Widmer. It is at once elegant, but comfortable, combining traditional elements in a streamlined design that also showcases features such as vintage ironwork, intricate ceiling treatments and a 35-foot-tall entry rotunda.

“Even though it’s over 10,000 square feet, it is cozy. There is such a warm feeling; this house just makes you happy when you are there,” says listing agent Kathryn Gillespie of Illustrated Properties. A well-conceived floorplan means this property is ideal for a range of lifestyles and life stages, as both a full-time residence or resort oasis.

Almost all the rooms look out to the water and to the lush green ribbon, including a mangrove preserve that lines the opposite shore. Extensive amenities include a media room, huge lower-level club room, office and a wine station. From either of the two 50-foot docks — both have electricity and water — it’s only minutes to the Atlantic via the Boca or the Hillsboro inlet. Boca’s private airport is also only 10 minutes away.

It’s hard not to fall in love with this property, which even has a little sandy beach with a fire pit. And being on the Intracoastal and still able to put your toes in the sand might be one of its most impressive features. The $11.5 million list price includes the furnishings. — Camilla McLaughlin

Photos courtesy of Kathryn Gillespie