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Heritage Harbor FAQ's

Want to learn more about Heritage Harbor?

Since opening in 2008, our new marina resort community is home to many new and exciting happenings! Here is a list of frequently asked questions. If you can't find the answer here, we encourage you to give us a call or send us an email. We would be happy to answer your question directly.

Frequently Asked Questions

Heritage Harbor FAQ's

Since opening in 2008, our new marina resort community is home to many new and exciting happenings!

What is the exact location of Heritage Harbor?

Heritage Harbor is less than one hour from the Western Suburbs and within 90 minutes of downtown Chicago. We are also less than two hours from Rockford, Bloomington, Peoria, Springfield, and Champaign Illinois. You can take I-80 to Exit 93 (Rte. 71). Exit South on Rte. 71. Continue for 2 miles and turn left at 2871st Rd. ( Old Chicago Rd. ). Pass over railroad tracks and turn left at the stop sign on Canal Rd. Continue 1.2 miles to the Heritage Harbor entrance.

What is the total number of residential units/homes in the community?

Heritage Harbor will have 400 to 600 homes, townhomes, condominiums, cottages, hotel rooms, or commercial units on our 142 acre resort.

How is Heritage Harbor different from other popular resorts like Lake Geneva, New Buffalo, Galena, etc.?

Located at the gateway to Starved Rock Country, Heritage Harbor is more than elegant homes, a world-class marina, and resort amenities. We feature year-round recreation, incomparable natural beauty and access to boundless adventures.

Whether you're a full-time resident or you spend the weekends at your vacation cottage, Heritage Harbor will be a place to call home. It's a special place where you can reconnect with your family, make new friends and forge lasting memories.

People have been drawn to the richness of Starved Rock Country for generations. Heritage Harbor Ottawa is located in a region that is famous for unique outdoor recreational opportunities and abundant natural resources, with a nostalgic reverence for a less complicated way of life and a sense of community lacking in bigger towns and cities.

Heritage Harbor is a special place...especially if you are looking to engage, explore and expand your horizons. If you are seeking a connection to something that seems timeless while yearning to explore new activities, experiences that fit your passions are waiting for you when you come home to Heritage Harbor.

What is the projected final completion date for Heritage Harbor?

We are following the recommendations of a 2010 Tracy Cross & Associates market study and seeking a pace that will allow us to pay close attention to detail, and deliver a community that reflects careful design, planning and construction.

What is the pricing for Heritage Harbor homes?

Currently Heritage Harbor has new home offerings ranging from the low $130,000's to the low $800,000's. To see our current offerings, please visit our website section devoted to The Homes of Heritage Harbor.

How do I get a waterfront home?

As you can imagine, we will have a very limited number of waterfront homes and home sites available. While prices and premiums will vary, we strive to have at least a few offerings available at every price point. Please contact us for the latest information on waterfront availability.

What if I'm not in the earliest group of buyers? Can I still get a waterfront home?

While many buyers seek only a waterfront site, we also recognize that quite a few others will be quite happy with a water-view or water-adjacent site. Our entire community is focused on the river and harbor. Access to the harbor and river are assured for residents of all neighborhoods at Heritage Harbor. Our parks and Harbor Walk will allow all of our residents to enjoy a waterfront lifestyle.

Can I build a custom home on one of Heritage Harbor's lots?

Of course! We have homesites available for people to work with their own architect and design a custom home. We can introduce you to some of the finest homebuilders and craftsmen in the area. We are anxious to see our community grow and evolve. We look forward to working with you and your homebuilder.

Will you have live-work units?

We are seeking to offer a limited number of "live-work" units near the marina as soon as next year. These units will allow Heritage Harbor to offer yet another unique opportunity to our guests. If you are interested, please Email Heritage Harbor Ottawa and we'll send you more information as it becomes available.

Will there be amenities such as a pool, boat/bike rental, running path, and shopping in Heritage Harbor?

We currently offer a harbor-side swimming pool, sand volleyball court, marina side restaurant and bar, marina ship store, and marine dealership. We have plans for more pools, a hotel or inn, other food & beverage venues, a spa, and more.

Tracy's Boat House

Enjoy the finest food, the best selection of beverages, and the most memorable sunsets at our new marina front restaurant. Tracy's Boat House is open seven days a week serving from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. with later hours on the weekends. Reservations are available. Live entertainment on the waterfront will also be featured during the boating season on the weekends and during special events.

New Marina Entrance

Our boaters, residents and guests will now have a phenomenal view of the harbor as they arrive. Harbor Drive now offers all of our arriving guests a beautiful view of the harbor.

Cottages at Heron's Landing

Thirty vacation cottages are being offered right at the water's edge on the East Peninsula. These beautiful waterfront cottages can be purchased for an owner’s exclusive use, or they can be used, at the owner’s discretion, as vacation rentals. Any way you slice it, they make a fantastic getaway!

Paddlesport Rentals

Quest Watersports offers rentals of paddleboards and pedaled Hobie Kayaks® that launch from Heritage Harbor’s protected, low-traffic, 32-acre marina. Visit Quest Watersports to learn more about these paddlesports and to book your next adventure. You’ll be amazed at how easy and FUN paddleboarding and pedaled-kayaking can be...

I'm interested in owning a vacation rental. Is this allowed? Will there be a property management company available?

Yes! Owners have at least three choices in owning a unit at Heritage Harbor Ottawa: 1. They can own it for their own exclusive use and enjoyment, 2. They can place it, in their exclusive discretion, in the Rental Program managed and operated by Heritage Harbor Ottawa Marina, or 3. Owners can create and manage their own rental program, independent of any assistance from Heritage Harbor. Rental standards do vary by product so it is always best to ask your lifestyle consultant for details if this is something that interests you.

What is the projected rental occupancy (based on other properties/area)?

We are patterning ourselves after the best new resorts which have been successful in promoting vacation rental opportunities. With our designs and attention to detail, we expect that Heritage Harbor will become a waterfront experience second to none - attracting both regional and out-of-state guests. Heritage Harbor will make folks from Illinois think twice about taking the long drive to Wisconsin or Michigan. We believe that Starved Rock Country will grow to be a desirable alternative for people seeking great recreational opportunities and an active lifestyle due to its proximity to Chicago and the suburbs as well as college communities like Champaign, Peoria, Bloomington, and DeKalb.

The Harbor Pool

Opened in 2010 and featuring a great view of the marina with a poolside beverage service, the Harbor Pool is already a favorite for residents, boaters and guests alike.

Heritage Harbor Hotel/Inn/Spa

We are starting the planning process for a new boutique hotel/inn/spa in Heritage Harbor. The vision for the hotel is to compliment our new cottage rental program which caters to families and groups. We will be sure to keep you posted as more information becomes available.

Where are the closest shopping, movies, groceries, and shopping for residents and guests?

Convenience stores with groceries are available within 5 minutes in Ottawa, Illinois. Larger shopping stores and movies are available in Ottawa, Peru or other local communities.

What utilities will be available?

Heritage Harbor has all the typical utilities, including sewer, water, electric, phone, cable, and natural gas.

Where can I stay when I visit?

Heritage Harbor has cottages to rent on a nightly or weekly basis. Please visit our cottage rental page to view Heritage Harbor Cottage Rentals or book your vacation rental, or call us at (815) 431-8236 or visit www.HeritageHarborOttawa.com for more details.

Getting More Information>
I'd like to receive more information. Do you have a packet to mail out?

All Heritage Harbor information is available online. Email us with specific questions at hho@heritageharborottawa.com.

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