New Brokerage Firm Heritage Select Real Estate Company Launches to Serve Vacation-Home Market in Illinois’ Starved Rock CountryMay 8, 2015
The development team for Heritage Harbor Ottawa Resort, a marina resort community on the Illinois River in Ottawa, Ill., has announced the launch of Heritage Select Real Estate Company, a new residential and limited commercial brokerage firm primarily serving the second- and vacation-home market in Starved Rock Country, a recreational region 90 minutes southwest of Chicago.
The new firm offers full brokerage services for vacation homes in the area, including new, re-sale and lease listings at Heritage Harbor Ottawa Resort as well as select property listings outside the resort in Starved Rock Country. Such select properties could include waterfront vacation homes, commercial properties that would benefit enhanced tourism and retail services in the area, multifamily apartment buildings, properties of historical and preservation value, and hospitality venues such as inns, bed and breakfasts, and boutique hotels.
“With more people discovering the appeal of Starved Rock Country as a second-home destination in the Midwest, we see a real need for a brokerage firm dedicated to those buyers and the unique considerations they bring to their home search,” said Alex Genova, managing broker for Heritage Select Real Estate Company. “Through our development sales at Heritage Harbor Ottawa Resort, we have a terrific understanding of second-home buyers and what Starved Rock Country offers as a residential destination. It was a logical next step to build on our knowledge and offer full-service brokerage to anyone buying, selling, or leasing a vacation or retirement home in this area.”
Encompassing several Illinois towns from Princeton to Morris, including Ottawa, Utica, Peru, LaSalle, and Spring Valley, as well as Starved Rock State Park, Buffalo Rock State Park and Matthiessen State Park, Starved Rock Country stretches along the Illinois River and is rich in opportunities for recreational activities such as hiking, biking, boating and water sports, wildlife watching and winter activities, including tobogganing and cross-country skiing. Additionally, the towns that make up the area offer an appealing blend of small-town charm with historical significance, shopping and dining offerings, and well-known festivals and events.
Genova said strengthening the reputation of Starved Rock Country as an option for second-home buyers will be a focus for Heritage Select Real Estate Company.
“With its proximity to Chicago and the plentiful natural resources and recreation opportunities in the area, we see Starved Rock Country as the next Midwest area to pop as a vacation home destination,” he said. “Heritage Select Real Estate Company will not only be a great tool for buyers coming from outside the region, but will also be an added draw for developers who realize Starved Rock Country is ripe for additional vacation and hospitality development and will appreciate there’s already a real estate firm in place to serve those buyers.”
In addition to marketing directly to its own network of clients, the Heritage Select team also looks forward to working closely with local brokers with listings that appeal to the vacation market, as well as brokers from beyond Starved Rock Country with clients interested in purchasing in the area.
“Our expertise is really reaching people who are new to Starved Rock Country and helping them discover what the area offers as a getaway destination,” said Genova. “For local brokers, we’re now a resource that will bring potential buyers to their unique listings that have appeal as a vacation home. And for brokers outside of this immediate area, we can work together to help educate them and their clients on the region and the local real estate options.”
Heritage Select Real Estate Company is located at 1851 Old Chicago Road in Ottawa. For more information, call 815.433.5000. The Heritage Select web site will launch soon at www.heritageselectRE.com.
About Heritage Select Real Estate Company
Based in Ottawa, Ill., Heritage Select Real Estate Company is a real estate company offering full-service brokerage for vacation homes and other select properties in Starved Rock Country. The firm was founded by the development team of Heritage Harbor Ottawa Resort, a marina resort community located on the Illinois River in Ottawa, Ill., within Starved Rock Country.