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Heritage Harbor makes it easy to buy a second home

November 24th, 2014

It can take a lot of time and energy to shop for a second home.

You have to research the location, the actual house and its surrounding community, too. With low interest rates making now a great time to invest in a second home, you probably want to move quickly so you can enjoy your home during next summer’s boating season. What’s great about a growing community like Heritage Harbor Ottawa is that the process of buying a second home is simplified – so much so that you’ll wonder why you didn’t sign on sooner.

Let’s talk about location first. Just over an hour’s drive from the Chicago area, Ottawa is surrounded by some of the most beautiful scenery in Illinois. It’s where the Illinois and Fox Rivers join, providing beautiful views of the water. It’s within a short drive of Starved Rock Nature Preserve and State Park, called a “little pocket of the North Woods” by the Chicago Tribune. There are plenty of adventures to be explored, from water sports to ATV trails and skydiving. And if you just need to get away from city life, Ottawa and the surrounding communities have that small-town charm to provide you with the rest and relaxation you need. Heritage Harbor has everything you want in one location.

Second is making your home choice. Review The Homes page on our website to determine which option best meets your needs for your second home. It might be a custom-designed house right on the riverfront, a townhouse that gives your family more flexibility to come and go as you please or something in between. If you have a real estate agent working on your behalf, our Heritage Harbor Resort & Lifestyle Consultants are available to address any questions that come up.

Finally, plan your big move. Some families in Heritage Harbor choose to use their home as a vacation rental when they’re not in residence, and this greatly influences how they design the home. Our Rental Program is managed and operated by Heritage Harbor Ottawa Marina, and they will give you guidance on the furnishings and decorations you should include in your vacation rental home. If you don’t plan to list your property as a vacation rental, make certain you bring all the water-sports equipment you own! Heritage Harbor Marina is world-class, and you don’t want to miss out on all the fun activities you can enjoy while visiting your second home.

Don’t delay! The summer boating season will be here before you know it, and you don’t want to miss out on the fun next season at Heritage Harbor Ottawa.


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