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A Waterfront Community: Heritage Harbor Ottawa Offers the Simple Life for Home Owners

A person's home should be an escape from the hectic pace of their Monday through Friday routine. Chicagoans are discovering it’s easy to enjoy the simple life at Heritage Harbor Ottawa, a marina resort community located in Starved Rock Country, just 90 minutes from downtown Chicago.

Located along a scenic stretch of the Illinois River in Ottawa, IL, Heritage Harbor Ottawa is a 142-acre development of single-family homes, townhomes, vacation cottages, and condos, centered on a 32-acre harbor with a full-service marina and year-round restaurant. With its boating amenities, waterfront living and nearby recreational attractions, such as Starved Rock State Park and the I&M Trail, the community offers an ideal resort lifestyle for those seeking both a vacation home or full-time residence.

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“Many of our buyers are a bit nostalgic about how they want to spend their precious free time with their family and what they are looking for in a vacation home or permanent residence,” said Tammy Barry, Lifestyle Consultant at Heritage Harbor Ottawa. “When they come to Ottawa and Heritage Harbor, they love our small-town atmosphere and simpler way of life that not only harkens back to another time, but also lets them focus on building terrific memories with their family and friends.”

She added that Ottawa is home to a number of community events and festivals that add to its charming atmosphere. “There are things happening throughout the year, such as Riverfest in the summer and our annual Scarecrow Fest in the fall, which encourage area residents to come out and enjoy our downtown district,” she said. “It’s a lively little town where you’re always likely to run into someone you know, whether you’re at one of our summer festivals or simply taking time to window shop as you walk through downtown.”

A recreation-based lifestyle with plenty of outdoor activities and easy access to nature is another appealing part of the “simple life” at Heritage Harbor Ottawa. “Our home owners are looking for a complete change of pace from their day-to-day life and a place where they can not only enjoy the activities they love, but also share them with family and friends,” said Barry. “We often work with buyers who grew up in a family with a boat or lake cottage and want to give that same experience to their own kids. For them, having a home at Heritage Harbor and boating on the Illinois River is how they spend quality time together and create memorable family experiences.”

In addition to boating, Heritage Harbor is a convenient home base for hiking in Starved Rock State Park, biking on the I&M Trail and enjoying a variety of other outdoor pursuits.

“We say it’s a slower pace of life, but it’s anything but boring with everything the area has to offer,” said Barry. “What our buyers really love is that this region lets them truly unplug and slow down, in the sense of having time to spend on the people and activities that matter to them most.”

Currently available at Heritage Harbor Ottawa are custom home sites, and an array of home styles available both on and off the water. There are several pocket neighborhoods and price ranges start in the upper $200's and continue up to over $1 million.

For information on Heritage Harbor Ottawa Resort and available homes, call (815) 433-5000 or find them on the web at .

About Heritage Harbor Ottawa Resort

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

*Prices subject to change.

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