Ranch Style, Waterfront Homes Trending in Popularity at Heritage Harbor Resort – Shaw Local – Advice Eating

Open-concept ranch plans that allow for optimal entertainment and unobstructed water views are trending with buyers of all ages at Ottawa’s Heritage Harbor Resort.

“Retirees, young families, working couples and everyone in between appreciate the streamlined lifestyle offered at Heritage Harbor’s ranch-style homes,” said Pierre Alexander, Heritage Harbor Resort’s Marketing Manager. “Whether it is one of our condos, cottages, villas, townhouses or luxury single family homes, buyers want the main entertaining area and living quarters on one level. Most of our homes, even the two story plans, include master bedrooms on the ground floor, with most of our ranch plans featuring a view or walkout basement that includes additional guest bedrooms, entertaining areas and storage, nearly doubling the square footage of the home. These open designs also allow for unobstructed views of the river, marina, harbor and scenic natural surroundings.”

Less than 90 minutes west of Chicago in Starved Rock Country, Heritage Harbor overlooks the Illinois River and is centered around the award-winning, 182-berth marina with a 32-acre, 8-foot deep harbor. Boaters and water sports enthusiasts will appreciate the 16 miles of waterway between Marseilles Lock and Starved Rock and access to the Great Loop. The community also features the Red Dog Restaurant and Tiki Bar, the sandy beach at Knot’s Landing and the 3.2 mile Harbor Walk, as well as numerous neighborhood clubhouses and swimming pools. The Heritage Harbor Activities Director schedules events for residents and guests throughout the year, including weekend live music, arts and crafts, cooking classes, tours and the weekly 5K walk and run on Saturdays.

“With demand for ranch-style waterfront living, particularly among second-home buyers, at an all-time high, we have several options for buyers looking to begin their waterfront adventure this summer or early fall,” Alexander said. “Our Mansion Flat one-bedroom condos are underway, with a special facility incentive for the first two on the reservation, and we have single-family homes in the Western Peninsula and in our Pinnacle Pointe neighborhood.”

Starting at $219,900, the one-bedroom, one-bath condos are four-for-one properties in the resort’s newest neighborhood, Navvy Town, which also offers cottages and mobile homes, as well as a pool and recreation hall for games, movie nights, and other family fun .

Starting at $400, the West Peninsula neighborhood offers single-family, two-story, first-floor master bedroom cottages ranging in size from 1,490 to over 2,290 square feet with two to four bedrooms, two to four bathrooms, and charming front porches , guest suites, second floor bedrooms, optional basements and attached or detached garages.

Priced at $429,000, Dewberry at 12 Cottage Green is a 1,453-square-foot home with two bedrooms, both on the ground floor, a kitchen island open to the casual dining area and living room, an owner’s bedroom suite with walk-in closet and private bath, screened-in porch and full basement with 9-foot ceilings and shell for a third bedroom and bath.

Interior features include hardwood floors with wide planks, 42-inch white kitchen cabinets, granite countertops, and stainless steel appliances, as well as bathrooms with white cabinets, granite vanities, bronze hardware, and a walk-in shower with custom tiles.

The Dewberry is located in the established West Peninsula area which has a communal outdoor pool and clubhouse.

Buyers of individual single-family homes should visit Pinnacle Pointe, a waterfront neighborhood with its own pool and clubhouse. Luxury ranch and two-story designs ranging in price from $800 to over $1 million are available, or buyers can choose to purchase their own home and use their own contractor. Homes range in size from 1,705 to over 3,512 square feet and feature three or four bedrooms, two to three and a half baths, and two-car garages. Homes can include open kitchens and family rooms, screened porches, finished basements, guest suites and decks.

Located across from the 97-mile I&M Canal Biking Trail, Heritage Harbor Resort is just 3 miles from charming downtown Ottawa and just 15 minutes from the 6,600-acre Starved Rock State Park, known for its soaring sandstone canyons and waterfalls. Site of the 1858 Lincoln-Douglas debate, historic Ottawa offers shops, restaurants, craft breweries and more. Just minutes from Heritage Harbor, visitors can also enjoy August Hill Winery and the Illinois Sparkling Co. Tasting Room, Illinois River Winery, Utica Electric Bike Rental, LaSalle Canal Boat Tours and Grand Bear Falls Indoor Water Park. Golfers will enjoy a variety of nearby golf clubs such as Dayton Ridge Golf Club, Pine Hills Golf Club Bar and Restaurant and the Bourne Golf Course. The Concept Haulers Motor Speedway offers go karting and the nearby Grundy County Speedway offers stock car racing.

Heritage Harbor is located at 111 Harbor View Drive in Ottawa. Please call (815) 433-5000 or email tammyb@heritageharborottawa.com. Enjoy a virtual drive through the community when you visit www.visitheritageharbor.com.

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