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Cottages Ready For Rent!

Friday, June 1st, 2012

The Huck Fin Hideout is the first cottage ready to be rented on the banks of the Illinois River. As one of our boaters or residents…you are getting a week’s notice to book your preferred dates before we let the rest of the world know about this hidden gem! The Huck Fin is beautifully decorated [...]

From the Wall Street Journal Today

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012

Getting Away—but Not Too Far As Vacation-Home Sales Gain Momentum, Travel Costs Keep Buyers Closer to Home This article by Robbie Whelan was in today’s Wall Street Journal.  It really reinforces what we have been witnessing here at Heritage Harbor.  People are starting to select better values closer to home as they seek to invest [...]

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” [...]

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 [...]

Get To Know ‘Best Vacation Resort Community’ Heritage Harbor Ottawa

Friday, March 2nd, 2012

When development began at Heritage Harbor Ottawa in 2007, developer Tom Heimsoth had a vision of the resort community and marina being a “jewel” in the Illinois Waterway area and the best in the Midwest. In 2011, that vision came to fruition and it just keeps on growing. Last year, The Official Best of Illinois [...]

Experience Heritage Harbor, Homeway Homes Partnership on Ottawa Waterfront

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

This energy efficient, seaside-reminiscent, year-round cottage is on-site at Heron’s Landing at Heritage Harbor Ottawa.


Friday, January 6th, 2012

Everyone has heard that the real estate market experienced more challenges in 2011…the newspapers, social media and broadcasters never seem to accentuate the positive news. For example, Heritage Harbor had the best year since our opening in 2007. Things are still progressing in the right direction and movement is occurring toward an even more positive [...]

It’s Time For A Colorful Family Adventure.

Wednesday, October 5th, 2011

Fall is the perfect time to visit Starved Rock Country. Mother Earth shows her vibrant colors in the beautiful state parks and along the banks of the Illinois River. In addition to offering amazing scenery, the natural wonders of Starved Rock Country create a huge playground which is fantastic for a plethora of outdoor activities. [...]

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