OTTAWA, IL (May 15, 2020)- There’s been a recent resurgence in the popularity of small town Americana.  With the increase in cost, congestion and crime in bigger cities and the steady rise of Americans working from home, up 44% over the past five years, home buyers are moving to rural areas. In fact, according to the National Association of Realtors, rural home mortgages have increased every year for five straight years, noting that twice as many millennials bought in small or rural towns than in densely populated urban areas.  Ottawa, Illinois is among those rural towns welcoming a new wave of home and business owners who appreciate all that small town living offers.

“We originally looked to open in the Fulton Market area in Chicago but the rent was very expensive and the brewery market was oversaturated,” said Scott Struchen, founder and COO of Tangled Roots Brewing Company and Restaurant.  “In addition to the surrounding fertile farmland for hops and barley, Ottawa provided economic development funds and a fantastic historic building for us to build Tangled Roots.  There is a ‘oneness’ here where people know each other by name and come together to support each other. We’ve been here nearly five years and Ottawa offers residents and visitors an unmatched quality of life.”

​ Heritage Harbor, a marina community nestled along the Illinois River near Starved Rock in Ottawa, offers several distinct neighborhoods, including villas, cottages, low-maintenance single-family homes and luxury, custom residences.  The community also features the Red Dog Grill Restaurant as well numerous neighborhood clubhouses and swimming pools.

“Whether buyers come to Heritage Harbor looking for their forever home or a vacation getaway close to home, the small town charm of Ottawa and its endless recreational opportunities draw them here,” said Pierre Alexander, Heritage Harbor Resort Marketing Manager.  “Only 90 minutes from Chicago, Ottawa is close to everything but far enough away.  Our marina accommodates boats of all sizes and, in collaboration with Quest Water Sports, we offer rentals pontoon boats, jet-skis, Go-Float electric boats, kayaks, stand-up paddle boards and more. We’re also minutes from Starved Rock State Park and historic Ottawa, which offers shops, restaurants and craft breweries.”

A new community of low-maintenance homes in the Boat House neighborhood is now available and priced from the $299,000 to $379,000.  Home range from 975 to 1,700 square feet in size with the option to add a finished walkout lower level that adds 975 square feet to the ranch plan and 850 square feet to the two-story. Additional highlights include two or three bedrooms, 2 ˝ baths, charming front and back porches, open concept island kitchens and living rooms, owner’s suites with private baths, finished lower levels with recreation room, full bathroom, bedroom, storage and covered deck.

Buyers may also choose from single-family ranch, two-story and first-floor master bedroom cottages in the established West Peninsula neighborhood ranging from 1,490 to over 2,290 square feet in size with two to four bedrooms, two to four baths, charming front porches, guest suites, second floor bunk rooms, optional basements and attached or detached garages.  Pinnacle Pointe, a newly introduced waterfront neighborhood with its own pool and clubhouse, offers luxury ranch and two-story designs priced from the $550s to over $1 million or buyers may choose to purchase a homesite and use their own builder. Homes range from 1,705 to over 3,512 square feet in size with three or four bedrooms, two to 3 ˝ baths and two-car garages.

“There’s so much to do here and Ottawa is a great place to raise a family,” said Ottawa Bakery Owner, Holli Clark. “We moved here from Orlando, Florida five years ago and fell in love with Ottawa. Our bakery is a gathering place for residents and visitors.  People come and grab a cup of coffee and a Danish and sit on our outdoor patio or call in orders of cakes and other items to pick up and enjoy during their stay. They generously support their local businesses.  There are no strangers in Ottawa- everyone knows you by name.”

The 2,630-acre Starved Rock State Park, known for its steep sandstone canyons and waterfalls, attracts hikers and outdoor enthusiasts.  Visitors also enjoy the August Hill Winery and Illinois Sparkling Co. Tasting Room, Illinois River Winery, Utica Electric Bike Rental, LaSalle Canal Boat tours and the Grand Bear Falls Indoor Water Park. Golfers enjoy a host of nearby golf clubs such as Dayton Ridge Golf Club, Pine Hills Golf Club Bar and Restaurant and Bourne golf course. The Concept Haulers Motor Speedway offers go karting and the nearby Grundy County Speedway offers stock car racing.

Interested homebuyers can learn more through the ‘Live Like a Homeowner’ Discovery Package currently available at Heritage harbor.  The package includes a two-night stay for two adults and two children under 21 in a cottage, $50 gift card for the Red Dog Grill, private tour and customized Starved Rock experience for $249.

Heritage Harbor is located at 111 Harbor View Drive in Ottawa. Please call (815) 433-5000 to preschedule a one-on-one appointment or email . Enjoy a virtual drive-through of the community by visiting

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