Heritage Harbor Ottawa Blog

Category: Cottage Homes

What’s It Like To Live Here?

The homeowner experience at Heritage Harbor is something that we are very proud of.  Although we can tell you all about the area and the homes  we thought it would be better to let some of current homeowners share their experience in their own words. So in case you were wondering what it is like to own a home at Heritage Harbor Ottawa and the adventure lifestyle that is available in Starved Rock Country. Here are just a few of the testimonials…


“A low maintenance getaway not far from home in beautiful surroundings” “Heritage Harbor is where we kick back and relax after a long week” – Harry & Ann H.

Welcome Home!

“We had been talking about buying a vacation home for a while but our main concern was travel time. Originally, we were looking in the Geneva or Delavan Wisconsin area. Because we wanted activities that we could take advantage of in both the summer and winter months. But, we were still looking for something a little closer. Heritage Harbor was our answer. It is only one hour from our home in Downers Grove! It has the Illinois River, Starved Rock, the I&M Canal, and the downtown area of Ottawa which can be enjoyed year round. Each weekend is a different experience” – Dan & Julie M.

“We like the long term vision of the project where you can enjoy the tranquility of looking at the river and the social aspect of the marina, the pool and the restaurant” – Jim & Laurie R.


“The benefit of a home in Heritage Harbor is not just investing in memories but also it is a good real estate investment on the water” – John & Christina V.

“My experience is in Ottawa has been very fulfilling. I have always wanted to have a property with river access. I grew up in Peoria on the river and now that I live in Chicago I can maintain contact with friends and family have a place to entertain. Additionally, I have found the people of the surrounding communities very friendly.” – Tom S.

More than enough room to entertain

“Everything is wonderful at Heritage Harbor, some times I have to pinch myself because I can’t believe I’m living here” – Laura S.

Come for a tour of Heritage Harbor and see “first hand” what they are talking about!

” Life is an Adventure… Live it Here!”

Visit Ottawa This Weekend… You’ll Be Glad You Did!


In the heart of Starved Rock Country, Ottawa has a rich history and a great future.  Historic buildings, beautiful parks, unique shops, and family owned restaurants are just a few of the reasons why people come and stay in Ottawa.

Starved Rock Country offers small communities with friendly neighborhoods where people spend time together. Neighborhood block parties, farmers markets, festivals, and community theater are just a few examples of the slower pace of life that attracts families to this area, but we also have a wild side.


Skydive Chicago,  Jet Kart Racing, Dirt Bike and ATV off road riding parks, and Ice Climbing at Starved Rock Park in the winter, not to mention the beautiful Heritage Harbor Marina that allows boaters to experience the majestic Illinois River from early spring until late fall. Watch the seasons change from the deck of your boat or from the front porch of your Heritage Harbor Ottawa home.


Heritage Harbor Ottawa offers you the opportunity to spend as little or as much time as you want in your new favorite playground. Your unique adventure lifestyle awaits no matter what pace you like.

Experience Ottawa

Take a few minutes and see what a beautiful place that Heritage Harbor Ottawa calls home.

“Life is an Adventure… Live it Here!”

The Advantages of Buying a Second Home…


When you think of all the advantages of buying a vacation home sometimes tax benefits are not what first jumps out at you but the truth is that right now low prices and attractive tax benefits make now the perfect time to purchase a vacation home . Not only can you look forward to having a place to relax, you also can garner some attractive tax benefits for your home at Heritage Harbor. Read the following article on the several tax breaks available:

Read more: http://www.kiplinger.com/features/archives/2007/01/secondhome.html#ixzz12jbr9LmS

The Lifestyle
Lifestyle, location and activities are important factors when making the decision to purchase a vacation home rather than spending money year after year to go on family vacations. Places like Lake Geneva,WI,Galena, Il, Bay Harbor, MI or New Buffalo, Michigan offer similar activities, but Heritage Harbor Ottawa can offer a peaceful unique community and an adventure lifestyle that doesn’t seem to be available much any more. Tap into this amazing location now for prime real estate selection, a great investment opportunity, and a lifetime of family memories.

Price is always another consideration when deciding on where to buy and Heritage Harbor is currently offering our most attractive pricing on the three Cottage Homes currently available. With our largest savings ever on these professionally designed homes, stop by and visit Janet or Tammy to find out more.

Now is the time to make your move and have a new home  for the Holidays

“Life is an Adventure… Live it Here!”

Deck the Halls X Housewalk


Nov. 14 | 10am – 5pm
Ottawa Regional Hospital’s bi-annual Christmas Housewalk and Holiday Craft Show.

“Deck the Hall X” will be held Sunday, November 14th from 11:00am to 5:00pm!

This Housewalk includes five beautifully and professionally decorated homes, including the historic Reddick Mansion; and we, at Heritage Harbor Ottawa, are  pleased to announce that one of the homes featured in this year’s Holiday Housewalk, will be our very own Harry & Ann Hultgren.

The Hultgren family hails from LaGrange, Illinois and according to Ann & Harry they love to get away from their hectic week and relax in their home at Heritage Harbor.

The Hultgren house will be decked out for the holidays and you can take this opportunity to come see their beautiful home and everything Heritage Harbor Ottawa has to offer as well as help out a worthy cause . Proceedes from this charity event will benefit the Ottawa Regional Hospital Auxiliary.

It all begins at the Knights of Columbus with a Gift and Craft Show being held as well starting at 10:00am.

The raffle drawings will be held that day and food will be available from 11am – 3pm at the

Quick Stop Cafe for a fee. $15. For House walk information, call 815-434-3411.

“Life is an Adventure… Live it Here!”

Now is the Time!


Recently, many people have been faced with some difficult challenges, but the constant has and will always be, that family is what matters the most.

Buying a vacation home might seem like splurging or extravagance to some, but the truth is that if you have the means and the opportunity, now is the perfect time.  Heritage Harbor is a growing community in an area that is on the verge of becoming one of thee vacation destinations spots in the State. Much like Galena, Il, Bay Harbor, MI, New Buffalo, Michigan or Lake Geneva, WI and other amazing waterfront vacation home destinations, Heritage Harbor can offer an adventure lifestyle like no other.

Located in the heart of Starved Rock Country, a Heritage Harbor Ottawa home offers you and your family a vacation to come home to. Offering a full service Marina, a private members only pool, family oriented activities planned year round, a variety of beautiful waterfront homes to choose from, some with a private slip right outside your door and it’s all in a place that is so amazing that thousands of visitors venture to this area every year.


You work hard for a reason. Isn’t it time for you, your family and friends to have the adventures of a lifetime? A place to build great memories and to become a part of a community that offers you more than you could have ever imagined.

Come for a visit, take a tour, eat and play in our community, and see for yourself why Heritage Harbor Ottawa is the perfect place to call home!

“Live is an Adventure… Live it Here!”

Your Next Home Port!


Imagine docking your boat and being just steps away from your beautiful new home.  You will find the beauty of the Heritage Series and the versatility of the Mariner’s is matched perfectly with your adventurous lifestyle.


Both buildings have beautiful views, easy access to your boat and they make living on the water affordable.

When your are dreaming of your new home on the water, what do you see… Is there  one bedroom or two?

Do you  see yourself in a duplex style home  or a multi -unit waterfront condominium both of which are designed for a lifetime of maintenance- free ease and beauty at the water’s edge.


Make your dream a reality… you can call Heritage Harbor Ottawa your home port  for the weekend or all year round.

Live the adventure you have always dreamed about… it’s more affordable than you might imagine.

“Life is an Adventure… Live it Here!”

Heritage Series

Heritage Harbor Homes

Heritage Series

We are excited to announce that construction will soon begin on our new Heritage Series of Homes!

The first Heritage Series building will be located on the Harbor side of the West Peninsula on Starboard Lane. Four coach homes will be located in the Heritage Building, each offering its own attached one-car garage and private entrance.

The Heritage Homes offer one-level living, private outdoor spaces, maintenance-free exteriors, two bedrooms, two full baths, spacious kitchen and great room. With just a few steps out your door you will find the Harbor Walk and easy access to your boat slip.

Heritage Harbor is the perfect retreat for your family and friends for the weekend or for a year-round vacation. We have TWO of the Heritage Homes available for Spring delivery so you will want to put your name on one of them!

The Adventure Lifestyle awaits you in the heart of Starved Rock Country here at Heritage Harbor Ottawa!

The Field House

The Field House 2010

When choosing a new home in which to live your next great adventure consider Cottage living. The Field House is perfect place to build many great memories.

Build your next great Adventure

Build your next great Adventure

This magnificent five bedroom, four bath home comes complete with a finished walk-out basement and wet bar on a river lot. The first floor master bedroom and laundry room make it easy living when not everyone is there, but when they are….the kitchen opens to a large wraparound deck and screened-in-porch.

Imagine spending weekends with family and friends cooking out and spending quality time with an amazing view.

Inside is the spacious gathering room and two-story fireplace making your home the ultimate gathering place.

The exceptional architecture and waterfront access of the Field House truly sets this home apart from anything else. Heritage Harbor Ottawa is where our homeowners can craft their own adventure lifestyle along the waters edge.

Stop by for a tour and ask about our special Friends of Heritage Harbor price. The view alone will be worth your time!Enjoy the view

Your Adventure Lifestyle awaits you in the heart of Starved Rock Country at Heritage Harbor Ottawa

Premier Resort Community

Waterfront Homes

Take a deep breath and feel the stress of the day slip away: this picturesque, marina resort community offers an adventure lifestyle that lets you reconnect with your family, your friends, your community, and the natural beauty that is Starved Rock Country.

Enjoy the Adventure Lifestyle

Enjoy the Adventure Lifestyle

Leisurely cruise along the majestic Illinois River, where the breathtaking backdrop of the tree-covered, sandstone bluffs allow you to enjoy the natural beauty as it changes from season to season. Our impeccably designed neighborhood with a prime riverfront location directly along the Illinois River is the perfect location to begin your next great adventure.

Nestled in the heart of Starved Rock Country, Heritage Harbor Ottawa is the premier marina resort community in the Midwest and unlike any other. Enjoy year round outdoor activities and discover the unique world of resort–style living with all that it has to offer.

This extraordinary resort community can appeal to a wide variety of tastes; be it waterfront property, year round residence, a vacation home, boaters lifestyle, a hikers dream, or nature buff, no matter what type of adventure lifestyle you wish to enjoy, it can all be found within our premier resort community at Heritage Harbor Ottawa.
We even offer an Adventure Lifestyle director who plans events at the marina year round.

Starved Rock Country

Starved Rock Country

The tranquility of Starved Rock Country’s vast natural beauty and the small town charm of the local communities allow you to get away from it all while still being just a short drive from larger urban destinations and activities. When you are a part of Heritage Harbor Ottawa you are never far away from your ideal adventure!

Helping you experience the best of Starved Rock Country is just one more example of the type of personal service you can expect when you are a part of Heritage Harbor Ottawa.

The Adventure Lifestyle awaits at Heritage Harbor Ottawa in the heart of Starved Rock Country.

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