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Get Ready for Summer Fun with Immediate-Delivery Resort Homes at Heritage Harbor Ottawa

March 13, 2015

The official start of summer may be several weeks away, but those in the market for a waterfront summer home should buy now in order to enjoy their weekend getaway as soon as warm weather hits. And with a selection of immediate-delivery homes currently available at Heritage Harbor Ottawa, a marina resort community on the Illinois River in Ottawa, Ill., within Starved Rock Country, the time is right to find the perfect vacation retreat in the community located just 90 minutes southwest from downtown Chicago.

“Starved Rock Country has always been a bit of a hidden gem when it comes to its appeal as a second-home location in the Midwest, but once people realize how much easier it can be to travel here than Michigan or Wisconsin, they’ll feel like they’ve made a great discovery and never want to leave,” said Tammy Barry, director of sales and marketing for Heritage Harbor Ottawa. “Heritage Harbor Ottawa is a unique residential option in this area where homeowners can have a great waterfront lifestyle and enjoy everything this region offers, from hiking in three nearby state parks and biking on the I&M Canal Trail to boating on the Illinois and Fox rivers.”

Barry noted the available immediate-delivery residences at Heritage Harbor Ottawa range from small vacation cottages and carriage homes to townhomes and custom single-family homes, offering a wide choice of floor plans and pricing to fit a variety of budgets and lifestyles.

“At Heritage Harbor Ottawa, buyers can have a home on the water for as low as $159,900,” said Barry. “Plus, owners have the opportunity to make their residence available in our rental pool when they are not using it, which can make owning a second home even more affordable.”

Four of the residences available for immediate move-in at Heritage Harbor Ottawa are vacation cottages within the Cottages at Heron’s Landing neighborhood on the community’s east side.

“These cottages make up a tight-knit enclave right next to the Heritage Harbor marina, on-site restaurant, pool and playground, so it’s an ideal setting for anyone who wants to come spend their weekends boating and being close to the social hub of the community,” said Barry.

Measuring from 560 to 1,100 square feet, the cottages have one to two bedrooms and 2½ baths, and are priced from $159,900 to $194,900. Two of the cottages feature sleeping lofts, which Barry noted adds flexibility and sleeping space to these efficiently designed floor plans.

Slightly larger in size are two immediate-delivery carriage homes featuring one or two bedrooms, one or two baths and attached one- or two-car garages. Located on the West Peninsula at Heritage Harbor Ottawa, they measure 790 to 1,100 square feet and are priced from $249,900. “We are about to break ground on a new pool in this part of the community, so these carriage homes are in a prime location to enjoy that new amenity,” said Barry.

Additionally, four residences are available for immediate move-in at West Harbor Lofts, a collection of multi-level townhomes that feature large roof decks overlooking the harbor and boat slips immediately in front of the residences. Priced from $284,900, the 1,380-square-foot townhomes feature two bedrooms, two baths and tandem two-car garages.

“We call these our adventure homes because they’re really set up for someone to take full advantage of the marina and waterfront location at Heritage Harbor, as well as all the recreational options in the area like biking, fishing and other outdoor activities,” said Barry. “There’s plenty of room to store boating equipment and outdoor gear in the garage, and of course a huge deck that’s perfect for relaxing after a day of fun.”

Also available for immediate delivery are three custom-designed single-family spec homes, priced from $334,900. Located in the “On Cottage Green” neighborhood at Heritage Harbor Ottawa, the two-story homes feature two to four bedrooms, including first-floor master suites, 2½ to 3 baths, and full basements. They measure from 1,860 to 2,086 square feet.

“These homes have a style inspired by East Coast cottages, with oversized white trim, white kitchen cabinetry, beautiful wood flooring and wide, welcoming front porches,” said Barry. “They also have large, vaulted bedrooms with ample room for a series of bunk beds, which is great for creating lots of sleeping space for vising family and friends.”

Heritage Harbor Ottawa features a full-service marina that can accommodate up to 450 wet slips. Open April 1 through October 31, the marina is equipped with a dual boat launch area, single-load floating docks, WiFi, fresh 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.

For information on Heritage Harbor Ottawa and available homes, call (815) 433-5000 or visit

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

One of the immediate-delivery homes available at Heritage Harbor Ottawa is a 560-square-foot vacation cottage located in the Cottages at Heron’s Landing neighborhood.

One of the immediate-delivery homes available at Heritage Harbor Ottawa is a 560-square-foot vacation cottage located in the Cottages at Heron’s Landing neighborhood.