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Could this be the life you searching for?

“See why people are flocking to Heritage Harbor – The Hidden Gem of the Midwest”

An ideal day looks unique for different people; however, there are a few key underlying elements that tend to be similar. At the heart of what people are drawn to are the lifegiving aspects of connection, nature, and living an active life full of purpose. A life lived with passion and purpose is attractive, inspiring, and highly sought-after. A quick 90-minute drive leads you from the hustle and bustle of downtown Chicago to the refreshing waterfront community of Heritage Harbor in the heart of Starved Rock Country. We recognize what your soul is searching for and can’t wait to share the Harbor Life with you!

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Progressive Home Tour

August 22 Progressive Home Tour To Showcase Available Vacation Homes at Heritage Harbor Ottawa


OTTAWA, Ill. (August 22, 2015) – Buyers in the market for a vacation, retirement or full-time waterfront home are invited to attend a “progressive” home tour on Saturday, August 22 at Heritage Harbor Ottawa Resort, a marina resort community located in Starved Rock Country, along the Illinois River in Ottawa, Ill.


Located just 90 minutes southwest of Chicago, Heritage Harbor Ottawa is a 142-acre master-planned development of single-family homes, townhomes, vacation cottages, carriage homes and condos, centered on a 32-acre harbor and full-service marina. With its offering of boating amenities, waterfront living, and nearby recreational opportunities such as Starved Rock State Park and the I&M Canal Trail, the community offers a resort lifestyle for those seeking a vacation, retirement or full-time residence in this region.


The progressive home tour will take place from 1 to 5 p.m. and will include the opportunity to view Heritage Harbor Ottawa Resort by boat and then travel by golf cart to tour a variety of currently available homes in the community. Attendees will sample different snacks and beverages at each residence and will receive a small gift at every stop on the tour. At the conclusion of the tour, guests will be given a complimentary gift certificate to Heritage Harbor’s on-site restaurant, the Red Dog Grill.


“We have such an incredible variety of homes available at Heritage Harbor Ottawa that we thought it would be fun for prospective buyers to experience them in the spirit of a traditional progressive party,” said Tammy Barry, director of sales and marketing for Heritage Harbor Ottawa. “Attendees will be our guest as they tour these residences, and will have a terrific opportunity to learn more about the community and the lifestyle it offers. We hope they’ll also stay to use their Red Dog Grill certificate and be part of our BREWERY NAME Half Past Red beer launch party, with skydivers landing around 5:45 to tap the first keg and kick off an evening of live music and celebration.”


Homes on the progressive tour include immediate-delivery single-family homes, priced from $339,000; the West Harbor Lofts, a collection of four-level townhomes priced from $270.000; the Flite townhomes, an enclave of four contemporary townhomes priced from $390,000; and available vacation cottages in the Cottages at Heron’s Landing neighborhood, priced from $159,000. Attendees will also be invited on a “dusty shoe” preview tour of two homes currently under construction at the Cottages at River Row, the community’s newest pocket neighborhood.


Additionally, tour participants will have the opportunity to demo a Hobie Kayak from the Heritage Harbor Marina, and will learn more about boating and recreational amenities at Heritage Harbor Ottawa and in the surrounding Starved Rock Country region.


RSVPS are required for the progressive home tour; to register, call (815) 433-5000. For more information on available homes at Heritage Harbor Ottawa, visit www.heritageharborottawa.com.


About Heritage Harbor Ottawa

Heritage Harbor Ottawa is a 142-acre master-planned marina resort community of 600 homes located on the Illinois River in Ottawa, Ill., just 90 minutes from downtown Chicago. Featuring a 32-acre marina surrounded by pocket neighborhoods of waterfront custom homes, condominiums, cottages and townhomes, Heritage Harbor Ottawa is a unique residential option in Starved Rock Country for those seeking a vacation, retirement or full-time home on the water. For more information, visit www.heritageharborottawa.com.

From the Wall Street Journal Today

Getting Away—but Not Too Far

As Vacation-Home Sales Gain Momentum, Travel Costs Keep Buyers Closer to Home

This article by Robbie Whelan was in today’s Wall Street Journal.  It really reinforces what we have been witnessing here at Heritage Harbor.  People are starting to select better values closer to home as they seek to invest wisely in their second home / vacation home / “pretirement” home.   Starved Rock Country is close to Chicago, suburban Chicago, Bloomington, Peoria, Rockford, and Champaign/Urbana but it feels like a world away.  Located in historic Starved Rock Country, Heritage Harbor offers a world class itinerary of vistas, venues, events and adventures.  Heritage Harbor offers waterfront luxury at a greater value for discerning home shoppers.

Here are a few of the highlights from the article.  The first sentence tells the whole story…

  • Sales of vacation homes are picking up as low prices pull buyers off the fence. But with travel costs rising and consumers still uncertain about the economy, many buyers are snapping up properties closer to home.
  • The shift in buying habits partly reflects the changing portrait of the typical vacation-home buyer. In the recent past, the vacation-home market was led by families looking for places with attractions for children as well as adults. But a growing number of buyers are older and seeking vacation homes that transition into retirement homes.
  • “People want to stay within driving distance because they’re more able to maintain the homes, they have better networks in place and friends and family nearby to use and sustain the homes,” said Jon Gray, vice president of HomeAway.com, a website that lists vacation rentals. A survey in March by site operator HomeAway Inc. found that the most popular markets among vacationers this year are those that can be reached in a drive of four hours or less from home. That makes those markets good investment opportunities for the 91% of vacation-home buyers who plan to rent their properties when they aren’t using them. 
  • The rising cost of gas and airfares is a huge factor for many buyers. The average cost of a gallon of gasoline was $3.83 this week. While down from the two-year peak of $3.97 reached in May 2011, gas prices have been rising steadily since mid-December, when they fell to a 10-month low of $3.23 a gallon. Airfares, meanwhile, jumped 14% between March 2010 and March 2011, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

To read to entire article you can visit the Wall Street Journal online at


Red Dog Grill – Top Waterfront Dining Spot in Starved Rock Country

Same, a Red Rescue Dog

There are wonderful restaurants all throughout Starved Rock Country and along the Illinois River from Morris to Peoria.  At Heritage Harbor, we love to “tell you where the locals go“.  Obviously, we do have our favorites. Red Dog Grill is our clear #1 choice…If you are looking for a great dining experience with an unparalleled view of the Illinois River then Red Dog Grill will be the perfect venue for you.  Check out this story to learn more…


Hi, my name is Sam and I’m a Red Rescue Dog. I’m so happy to have found a good home by good-hearted folks in Ottawa. We hope every time you see my picture it brings to mind all of the pets you love so much. We encourage you to share your favorite pet stories over dinner and/or even share with your waitress/waiter.

Read more of this story at http://www.reddoggrill.com/our-story/.

Experience Heritage Harbor, Homeway Homes Partnership on Ottawa Waterfront

Resort community Heritage Harbor Ottawa and Homeway Homes have come together forming a unique and quality partnership to create The Cottages at Heron’s Landing at Heritage Harbor on the Illinois Waterway, which was recently featured at the 2012 Spring Peoria Home Show.

Ottawa, Illinois (PRWEB) February 28, 2012

Resort community Heritage Harbor Ottawa and Homeway Homes have come together forming a unique and quality partnership to create The Cottages at Heron’s Landing at Heritage Harbor on the Illinois Waterway, which was recently featured at the 2012 Spring Peoria Home Show.

Nestled in Ottawa, Ill., Heritage Harbor Ottawa is located in Starved Rock Country sitting near the cusp of Starved Rock State Park where the Fox and Illinois rivers meet. The resort community features elegant homes on the waterfront, marina, restaurant and resort amenities, including its newest The Cottages at Heron’s Landing development. The cottages are a distinctive and unique addition to Heritage Harbor and include three different styles to fit the perfect customer — The Pathfinder, The Explorer and The Navigator.

The Cottages at Heron’s Landing is being developed on prime waterfront property at Heritage Harbor Ottawa as energy efficient, seaside-reminiscent, year-round cottages. The quaint site will satisfy those interested in a waterfront site, but perhaps don’t need the space of larger, full-time living homes also in the harbor.

Not only is the Homeway Homes/Heritage Harbor Ottawa partnership matchless, it’s the best waterfront home value in the Midwest.

Homeway Homes — working from three Illinois-based locations — builds every home using state-of-the-art residential construction technology. According to Homeway, from roofing shingles to the sub-floor, the building products used in homes are carefully selected to work better, last longer and provide the highest level of energy efficiency without compromising functional design or visual aesthetics.

Due to its dedication and quality, Homeway Homes was recently named to “Builder” magazine’s annual top 200 builders in the country. The magazine tracks trends in the housing and construction industry and bases its annual rankings on both the total number of closings and total revenue homebuilders reported in the previous year. Making the list, the company now ranks as one of the largest homebuilders in the country and among the Nation’s Top 200 Home Builders, making its partnership with Heritage Harbor Ottawa ideal for those looking for a vacation spot or full-time living in Starved Rock Country.

At Heritage Harbor’s The Cottages at Heron’s Landing, there will be roughly 30 cottages — with one- and two-bedroom floor plans — at the site creating a “resort within the resort” feel. The cottages will offer the opportunity to enjoy a world-class lifestyle and amenities available in a marina resort community for a fraction of the price of owning a second home in other resort destinations in areas such as southwest Michigan, Indiana, Wisconsin or Missouri.

Heritage Harbor Ottawa homes and cottages are ideal for those looking for a second home, part-time or full-time retirement home — residents and vacationers run the gamut.    

For more information or to schedule a tour of one of the cottages at Heron’s Landing at Heritage Harbor Ottawa or other available waterfront homes, contact Tammy Barry, marketing and sales director, at 815-433-5000.

Why Not “Live” on Vacation!

Start the New Year off with a Home at Heritage Harbor!

Spring will be here before you know it. Now is the time to plan how you will spend your warm days of summer and all your weekends with family and friends. You will need 4-6 months of planning if you wish to build a custom home or you could choose from one of our few remaining designer created inventory homes. You will be moved in and decorated before the trees are in bloom. Interest rates are still low, which also makes ‘now’ the right time to buy. Save thousands on our two remaining single family homes:


The Scout on Lot 43 Cottage Green-This spec home offers a first-floor master bedroom, a second bedroom & loft, 2.5 baths, a full unfinished basement, a crow’s nest, detached two-car garage and a front porch that expands the whole width of the home… less than 150 steps to the scenic Harbor Walk, Boat Slips and Conservation Cove. Reduced priced under $399,000, call for details.

Our signature Lincoln Model Home-After much consideration, we have decided to move our Sales Office down by the marina. With a new permanent marina entrance coming in the Spring, a newly enclosed restaurant and an extensive calendar of events, the warm weather months will be mean more activity on the east end for our Sales Team.

This decision has allowed us to officially place our Model Home on the market. It’s a must see! The Lincoln model features an open floor plan with a fireplace, an abundance of porches & decks, a finished walk out basement with patio/fire pit, custom paint & decor, first floor master, detached carriage home & two car garage… All located on a beautiful Harbor Lot. Optional furnishings and decor are also available.

At the reduced price under $550,000, it is an amazing deal.


If you are looking for something smaller, less expensive and want to be in by the time summer rolls around, you should take a look at our Heritage Series. Two floor plans with two bedrooms, two baths, and one-car garage, located near the Harbor for less than $180,000.

Please call Janet or Tammy regarding any of the above listings or any of Heritage Harbor floor plans at

(815) 433-5000.

” Life is an Adventure … Live it Here!”

Thanks For An Amazing Year !!!!!

This past year has blessed the Heritage Harbor Ottawa family with many memorable moments and many new friends. We have had a wonderful year in 2010.

From the Boat Show… to the “Toast of the Town”… to the unveiling of the new Pool… “Sunset Showcase”… Island Party… River Games… Venetian Night… ArtiniFest… Chilifest… and more…

Ducky Derby 2010
It has been a year filled with great memories.

We look forward to 2011 with great anticipation. The newly improved restaurant  will be making its debut .

We have several new homeowners preparing to join our community and many of our boaters already signed up and ready to “launch” as soon as boating season returns.

marina-end-of-season 2010

Starved Rock Country is beautiful in the winter. We encourage you to enjoy the local events or make a special winter getaway. Our welcome center will be open (except for Christmas Eve, Christmas, New Year’s Eve & New Year’s Day) and we look forward to seeing you soon!
Happy Holidays from your friends at Heritage Harbor Ottawa!

Welcome Home For The Holidays!


Harry and Ann Hultgren’s Home at Heritage Harbor

Decorated by Cheryl Mettille of TPM Stems

The Hultgren house is just one of a number of cottage-styled homes offered by Heritage Harbor. The Hultgren’s home was all decked out for the holidays and a proud participant in the local charity event “Holiday House Walk” which benefited the Ottawa Regional Hospital Auxiliary.

The Hultgren’s home design is known as the “Scout”, named in honor of Ottawa’s William D. Boyce, founder of the Boy Scouts of America. It features a lighthouse design reminiscent of Cape Cod and the East Coast.

The inviting front porch spans the entire front of the home. The Scout features a spacious living room, ideal for holiday entertaining or for romantic evenings in front of the fireplace. The walkout deck just off the dining area is perfect for taking in the natural beauty that surrounds this beautiful home no matter what the season.


The second floor has a guest bedroom and a loft area with views of the river. The walkout basement is close to Conservation Cove and Illinois River. The spacious family room is perfect for entertaining family and friends. The guest room with a view of the river is essential when yours is the home everyone wants to visit during the holidays.


Imagine yourself surrounded by family and friends in a house where you can truly come home for the holidays.

Can’t you just picture yourself here next Christmas?


” Life is an Adventure… Live it Here!”

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!”

The Building of a Dream

Sometimes it is hard to envision the end result when building a community, but at Heritage Harbor Ottawa, the big picture is in the works.

A waterfront community nestled along the banks of the majestic Illinois River in the heart of Starved Rock Country. The Heritage Harbor community will enjoy the wonderful unique features of Ottawa, with its small town charm and unique collection of eclectic shops and restaurants; as well as, the four star marina and resort.


Become a part of a waterfront community unlike any other. Heritage Harbor Ottawa is poised to be the most exciting marina resort community in the Midwest. With a first class marina, and a commitment to the natural surroundings, Heritage Harbor Ottawa rivals such waterfront communities as Galena, IL, Bay Harbor, MI, New Buffalo, Michigan, or Lake Geneva, WI.

Quality homes, picturesque surroundings, and limitless adventures in the heart of Starved Rock Country Heritage Harbor Ottawa is the place to live your dream. Come for a visit and we promise you will want to stay for a lifetime.

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

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