Canal Era Living Coming Soon as New Navvy Town Neighborhood Introduced at Heritage Harbor Resort


A modern take on the 1840’s burgeoning I & M Canal era is underway at Heritage Harbor Resort, where condominiums and cottages are coming soon to the community’s latest neighborhood, Navvy Town.


“We’re very excited to introduce our newest neighborhood, Navvy Town,” said Pierre Alexander, Heritage Harbor Resort Marketing Manager. “The two-story, multi-family quad buildings, called the Canal Quarters, will include one and two-bedroom condominiums ideal for investors and renters while the open-concept, two-story cottages with two bedrooms and 2 ½ baths are perfect for second-home owners who want to maximize their time on the river enjoying the harbor life.”


Just 90 minutes from Chicago in Ottawa’s Starved Rock Country, Heritage Harbor overlooks the Illinois River and features a state-of-the-art 152-slip marina as well as several distinct neighborhoods, including villas, cottages, low-maintenance single-family homes, and luxury, custom residences. The community also includes the Red Dog Restaurant, Tiki bar and beach, and numerous neighborhood clubhouses and swimming pools.


“An increase in people working from home and the exodus from big-city metropolitan areas has led to a boom in sales at Heritage Harbor,” Alexander said. “There’s a realization that telecommuters are no longer tied to mass transit and large employment corridors and can enjoy a recreationally-rich vacation lifestyle and the benefits of small-town living while working remotely.”


Priced from $189k, one-and-two-bedroom condominiums range from 580 square feet in size and are four to a building. Two-story cottages, priced from $289,000, are also available and are 1,150 square feet in size with the option of finishing the full basement. Two-bedroom Carriage Homes will also be offered. Currently, 6 of the two-story buildings will be under construction this spring. Navvy Town will also feature an outdoor water amenity and recreation hall for games, movie nights, and other family fun.



In addition to Navvy Town, Heritage Harbor has recently introduced Port Place, an enclave of 12 maintenance-free homes. Centered around a common gathering area, which will include a fire pit, benches, and strands of overhead lights, Port Place offers ranch and two-story homes, with main level master bedroom suites, ranging from 1,196 to over 2,287 square feet, with prices starting in the mid $300s.


The West Peninsula neighborhood offers single-family ranch, two-story, and first-floor master bedroom cottages ranging from 1,490 to over 2,290 square feet in size with two to four bedrooms, two to four baths, charming front porches, guest suites, second-floor bunk rooms, optional basements and attached or detached garages. A new neighborhood of low-maintenance homes is also available in the Boat House neighborhood. Priced from $309,000 to $395,000, these homes range from 975 to 1,700 square feet in size with the option to add a finished walkout lower level that adds 975 square feet to the ranch plan and 850 square feet to the two-story. Additional highlights include two or three bedrooms, 2 ½ baths, charming front and back porches, open concept island kitchens and living rooms, own