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Ranch Style Homes with Marina Access at Heritage Harbor

If you’re looking for the ease and style of a ranch plan in a recreationally rich community, you’ll want to visit Heritage Harbor Resort in Ottawa, where a collection of single-level living designs, at various price points, are available, some for summer delivery.

“Today’s open and versatile ranch design, offers harmonious, breathtaking living spaces and, while historically the choice of empty-nesters, has surged in popularity with buyers of all ages,” said Pierre Alexander, Heritage Harbor Resort Marketing Manager. “Many of our open concept ranch plans offer walkout basements with additional guest rooms, entertainment areas, storage, and more, nearly doubling the square footage of the home. We also offer traditional ranch plans with no lower levels and two-story designs with first-floor master bedroom suites. All of the homes are designed to provide unobstructed views of the river, marina, or scenic surroundings.”

Less than 90 minutes west of Chicago in Ottawa’s Starved Rock Country, Heritage Harbor overlooks the Illinois River and is centered around the award-winning 152-slip marina with 32-acres of 8-foot deep harbor. Boaters and water sport enthusiasts appreciate the 16-mile stretch of waterway between the Marseilles Lock and Starved Rock and access to the Great Loop. The community also features the Red Dog Restaurant and Tiki Bar, Knot’s Landing sand beach, and 3.2-mile Harbor Walk as well numerous neighborhood clubhouses and swimming pools. The Heritage Harbor activity director plans year-round events for residents and guests, including live music on weekends, crafts, cooking classes, tours, and the weekly, Saturday 5K walk and run.

“Low-interest rates and pent-up demand due to the pandemic, led to record-breaking home sales across the country and Heritage Harbor was no exception,” Alexander said. “With the demand for ranch-style, waterfront living at an all-time high, we began construction on two distinct plans, both available early summer, and have two others ready to begin in the West Peninsula neighborhood.

Available for June delivery and priced from $459,000, the 1,453-square-foot, Dewberry includes a breakfast-island kitchen open to the living room with a fireplace and dining area. The main floor bedroom includes a walk-in closet and private bath. A second bedroom is served by a full bath. This home's front faces Cottage Green where sidewalks connect families to waters edge. The spacious porch is great for relaxing, entertaining, and enjoying the outdoors. Buyers may choose to finish the basement, adding additional 943 square feet of living space that will feature a third bedroom, full bath, recreation room with wet bar, flex room, and unfinished storage area.

Priced at $524,900 and available in July, the Sawgrass Cottage is a custom home also in the West Peninsula neighborhood and offers 2,915 square feet of living space, including the finished walkout basement. Set on the community walking trail and overlooking the harbor, this open concept home features three bedrooms, three baths, gourmet island kitchen with wine bar open to the great room with vaulted ceilings, and expansive outdoor deck space. The owner’s suite with private bath and walk-in closet is on the main floor as well as a second bedroom and full bath. The finished lower level includes a third bedroom with walk-in closet and full bath, exercise room, storage area, and spectacular recreation room with access to the covered outdoor patio. The home also includes a two-car attached garage, Pella windows, premium Lennox mechanical and ventilation systems, and 2x6 exterior walls. Buyers will be steps from boat slips available to rent as well as the neighborhood pool and riverfront park.

Ready to build and priced at $569,000, Nature’s Nest includes a finished walkout basement and is on the water. The main floor features open, island kitchen, master bedrooms with walk-in closet and private luxury bath, guest room, screened porch and access to the outdoor deck. The walkout basement includes a third bedroom with full bath, recreation room, fitness or theatre room, storage area and access to the covered outdoor deck.

In addition to these homes, Heritage Harbor offers several distinct neighborhoods of villas, cottages, low-maintenance single-family homes and luxury, custom residences. Homes are priced from the low-$300s to over $1 million dollars and offer a variety of 2021 move-in dates.

The community is across from the 97-mile I & M Canal Biking trail, is just three miles to charming downtown Ottawa and is only 15 minutes from 2,630-acre Starved Rock State Park, known for its steep sandstone canyons and waterfalls. Historic Ottawa, site of the 1858 Lincoln-Douglas Debate, offers shops, restaurants, craft breweries and more. Minutes from Heritage Harbor, visitors also enjoy the August Hill Winery and Illinois Sparkling Co. Tasting Room, Illinois River Winery, Utica Electric Bike Rental, LaSalle Canal Boat tours and the Grand Bear Falls Indoor Water Park. Golfers enjoy a host of nearby golf clubs such as Dayton Ridge Golf Club, Pine Hills Golf Club Bar and Restaurant and Bourne golf course.

Heritage Harbor is located at 111 Harbor View Drive in Ottawa. Please call (815) 433-5000 or email Enjoy a virtual drive-through of the community by visiting


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