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Living Larger in Smaller Homes Movement Gains Popularity

Thursday, April 19th, 2012

An emerging real estate movement is redefining the average American vacation home — the Not So Big House movement. Recently, resort community Heritage Harbor Ottawa was a sponsor of the design series weekend “Living Large … in a not so big house,” in Naperville, Ill., which hosted architect Sarah Susanka. The well-known architect was behind the launch of the “Not So Big” movement of house design, which means making homes better, not bigger.

Starved Rock Country Welcomes Bone Collector Store

Thursday, April 5th, 2012

Jim Schiefelbein started Clover Technologies Group from his garage in 1996 and he’s now done the same for the distribution of Michael Waddell’s Bone Collector merchandise. “(Bone Collector) started from my garage, too,” he said with a laugh as he sat in the new 3,500-square-foot Michael Waddell’s Bone Collector retail showroom in Ottawa. “Bone Collector” [...]

From the Harbor Master

Thursday, April 5th, 2012

Welcome Back!!! We love this time of year—when the marina comes back to life and we get to see old and new friends enjoying Heritage Harbor. We continue to make upgrades at the resort so if you haven’t been out for awhile we invite you to check it out. Everything is looking great. We opened [...]

Changing Boomer Generation Redefines Retirement as it Looks for an Adventure Lifestyle

Monday, April 2nd, 2012

Not every generation wants what the previous generation did. Recent studies and surveys show this is even truer when it comes to the more than 60 million Baby Boomers who will soon find themselves transitioning into retirement or already have. Many Boomers are looking for a community similar to the one found in Ottawa, Illinois, [...]

Quest Express Offers Up Boating Lifestyle As Ownership Alternative

Monday, April 2nd, 2012

Adding to the no-hassle boating philosphy, when members of Quest Express reserve time on a specific boat, it is waiting for them in a Heritage Harbor Ottawa slip.

“We find people boat more when they are in the club,” Linda Johnson of Quest Watersports said. “It is so easy and affordable. Boating truly becomes the pleasure pastime we all dream about.”

The Gate Is Open—Now Is The Time Buy!

Sunday, April 1st, 2012

WASHINGTON (March 29, 2012) – Sales of investment and vacation homes* jumped in 2011, with the combined market share rising to the highest level since 2005, according to the National Association of Realtors. NAR’s 2012 Investment and Vacation Home Buyers Survey, covering existing- and new-home transactions in 2011, shows investment-home sales surged an extraordinary 64.5 [...]

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