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Get Marina Living at Special Pricing this Fall at Heritage Harbor

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For those looking for a vacation home close to Chicago, fall is the perfect time to “opt in” at Heritage Harbor Ottawa Resort, a marina resort community in Starved Rock Country. Not only will those who purchase in the community between Sept. 15 and Oct. 15 receive a $5,000 discount, but also the first two buyers in that time frame will receive $10,000 off.

Located along the Illinois River in Ottawa, Ill., just 90 minutes southwest of Chicago, Heritage Harbor Ottawa is a 142-acre development of single-family homes, townhomes, vacation cottages, carriage homes and condos, centered on a 32-acre harbor with a full-service marina and year-round restaurant. It features boating amenities, waterfront living and nearby recreational attractions, such as Starved Rock State Park and the I&M Canal Trail. The community offers an ideal resort lifestyle for those seeking a vacation, retirement or full-time residence.

“Fall is perfect timing for buyers to choose a custom home site at Heritage Harbor,” said Tammy Barry, director of sales and marketing for Heritage Harbor Ottawa. “Buyers can break ground immediately so construction happens over the winter, or spend winter finalizing a custom design and start building next spring. Either way, their new vacation home will be ready next summer.”

River Views

Several prime riverfront land parcels are available at Heritage Harbor where homebuyers can build their dream resort home and enjoy views of the Illinois River as well as wildlife attracted to the water, such as bald eagles and white pelicans. Also available is a harbor-side lot with an optional private boat slip behind the home, plus a handful of interior home sites.

“These home sites give buyers a unique opportunity to customize a home to the lifestyle they envision having here,” said Barry. “From a bunk-bed room to a sleeping porch or a kitchen with a super-sized island, buyers can design a home with the exact options and features to give them everything they want in a vacation home.”

Home sites at Heritage Harbor are priced from $92,500 for neighborhood lots to $160,000 for riverfront sites.

Heritage Harbor also has a variety of inventory homes currently available. “Autumn is one of the most beautiful seasons in Starved Rock Country thanks to our amazing fall foliage, so there’s still time to buy an immediate-delivery home and enjoy this special time of year,” said Barry.

Carriage House

Among the homes available for immediate move-in are two carriage homes in Heritage Harbor’s Pelican Landing pocket neighborhood. These two-story homes feature living space above attached first-floor garages, second-floor decks and first-floor covered porches. One home featuring one bedroom, one bath and a two-car garage is priced at $206,900, while a second carriage home with two bedrooms, 2½ baths and one-car garage is priced at $209,900.

“These carriage homes boast terrific, efficient layouts for those who want a home base for getting out and enjoying all the recreational options Starved Rock Country offers,” said Barry. “Plus, owners will be just a few steps from the neighborhood pool at Pelican Landing.”

Also available for immediate move-in are vacation cottages priced from $209,990, townhomes priced from $284,900 and single-family homes priced from $329,900.

Red Dog Grill Restaurant

All homeowners at Heritage Harbor Ottawa have access to a variety of on-site amenities in the community, including Heritage Harbor’s full-service marina. Open April 1 through October 31, the marina is equipped with a dual boat launch area, single-load floating docks, WiFi, City water, cable service, a full-service fuel dock, pump-out services, and car and trailer parking. Quest Water Sports’ Quest Express boating membership is available on-site, giving participants access to a fleet of boating equipment for an annual fee.

Other amenities at Heritage Harbor include a harbor-side restaurant, The Red Dog Grill; multiple neighborhood pools; beautiful green spaces with seating areas; fire pits; the Harbor Walk; a sand volleyball court; year-round events and activities; and access to the I&M Canal Trail, which runs adjacent to the community.

For information on Heritage Harbor Ottawa Resort, available home sites and inventory homes, call (815) 433-5000 or visit www.heritageharborottawa.com.

Prices are subject to change.

Living Larger in Smaller Homes Movement Gains Popularity

An emerging real estate movement is redefining the average American vacation home — the Not So Big House movement.

Recently, resort community Heritage Harbor Ottawa was a sponsor of the design series weekend “Living Large … in a not so big house,” in Naperville, IL, which hosted architect Sarah Susanka. The well-known architect was behind the launch of the “Not So Big” movement of house design, which means making homes better, not bigger.

Susanka says the market reflects a need for smaller, better-designed houses because they return the qualities customers seek, which include a sense of home and high quality craftsmanship. It’s not more square footage and ever-expanding ceilings that give a sense of comfort or a great community.

“When someone buys a Mercedes Benz or Jaguar, they look for quality, comfort, and detail,” Susanka tells Architecture Week. “Size has nothing to do with the appeal of these cars. If you wanted nothing but space, you could buy a truck. Why is it, then, that some people feel compelled to buy huge houses with empty, cathedral-like spaces that offer few comforts of home?”

The idea of that a sense of “home” having more to do with quality than quantity is also reflective in the waterfront homes at Heritage Harbor Ottawa. The resort resides in historic Ottawa, Ill., in the center of Starved Rock Country — also a target location for a Baby Boomer generation on the hunt for an adventure lifestyle.

There are a range of waterfront properties at Heritage Harbor, which also has a full-service marina with more than 450 boat slips, restaurant on-site, in-ground pool, walking path and year-round events. At Heritage Harbor there are well-designed, beautiful houses — whether used as a vacation or primary home — to fit everyone’s lifestyle. There are single-family cottages, row homes, Cape Cod inspired town homes, coach homes and more. All are designed for a lifetime of low-maintenance, such as maintenance-free exteriors, so not only is quality chosen over quantity, there are resort amenities at your disposable and the resort is in a prime location — there’s less daily stress to deal with.

And according to 2011 data, many Boomers are avoiding possible later stress now by jumping on and seizing real estate opportunities.

MarketWatch.com reported in September 2011 that many in the Boomer generation are deciding to buy a vacation home now that will eventually become their primary residence. In 2010, the National Association of Realtors reported that 34 percent of people who purchased vacation homes planned on using it as their primary home at some point in the future.

Plus, it’s just a good investment, says George Harvey, resort and second home chairman for the National Association of Realtors.

Last month, Harvey told the Charleston Business Journal that many second-home buyers start out as repeat vacationers before venturing into the real estate market. When they do invest in a vacation home it’s not only for personal pleasure, he says, as many Boomers aren’t retiring completely, but instead transitioning to part-time work. Real estate is viewed as an investment for the future.

“We’re in a perfect place for real estate investment (in the resort market),” Harvey said. “The worst is behind us and the upside is looking good.”

Ottawa, Illinois, and Heritage Harbor is the ideal place to start the next phase of life for those looking to make life transition, while making a smart investment. The locale of Ottawa in La Salle County fills all of the needs for those living or vacationing at Heritage Harbor as it does for anyone wanting to live an adventure-type lifestyle. But a great perk is that the location still allows everyone fast and easy access to Chicagoland and its suburbs. Not to mention, the historic town and vistas hold a spectacular beauty.

Those who call Heritage Harbor home are never too far away from the hustle and bustle of city life, but are far enough away to relax and enjoy life. No one has to make a choice of one or the other. At Heritage Harbor Ottawa, everyone has the flexibility to create their perfect lifestyle in the ideal waterfront home.

For more information, to schedule a tour of a Heritage Harbor waterfront home or for directions to the resort community, contact Heritage Harbor at 815-433-5000

Check us out on YouTube

We want to invite you to visit our YouTube channel at http://www.youtube.com/HeritageHarborOttawa . You can see our Homes, our Marina, and learn about the Adventure Lifestyle available at Heritage Harbor Ottawa.

If you love waterfront homes, vacation homes, boating and endless activities…you will love Heritage Harbor. If you have visited New Buffalo, Lake Geneva, Galena or other vacation communities, we invite you to come to beautiful Starved Rock country. You can spend a weekend, spend the summer or stay for a permanent vacation.

Make Heritage Harbor Ottawa home port for your next great adventure!

Sunset Showcase

With temperatures in the mid 80’s and sunny, the weather could not have been more perfect for a night at the marina. On Thursday, June 17th Heritage Harbor Marina was host to well over 700 members and guests of the Ottawa Area Chamber of Commerce.

 

Meg Skelly, Assistant Executive Director Ottawa Area Chamber of Commerce, had this to say about the event, “It was a beautiful night at the harbor and we couldn’t have asked for better support from all the Heritage Harbor team.”

 

The evening was full of breathtaking scenery, delicious food, refreshing drinks, live music and lots of fun including golf chipping and a charity duck derby hosted by ONYX (Ottawa Network of Young eXecs)

 

Bagshot Row performed from 6-9 and will be making a return appearance on July 3rd for HHO’s  4th of July celebration.

 

Stay tuned to learn more about the Adventure Lifestyle available at Heritage Harbor Ottawa.

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