Heritage Harbor Announces Its Waterfront Homes Impressing the Market with Traditional Good Looks

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Staying true to the time-honored, coastal “Cape Cod”-style of architecture, Heritage Harbor Ottawa’s waterfront homes at its Midwest resort and marina are turning heads, proving that traditional is still in style.

Traditional style still rings true at Heritage Harbor Ottawa.

“Our vacation homes with their coastal architecture have diverse traditional features, such as nostalgic front porches or different roof characteristics, which provide for the perfect sanctuary."

At a time when “modern” is a touted buzzword, Heritage Harbor Ottawa’s success on the Illinois River is another instance proving traditional architecture and good looks are still tops when it comes to appealing to all kinds of buyers in the vacation home market.

Located in Illinois’ Starved Rock Country, resort and full-service marina Heritage Harbor has homes of all styles that are designed to embrace waterfront living. With the different styles, however, there is still a shared attribute—timeless traditional architecture.

Our vacation homes with their coastal architecture have diverse traditional features, such as nostalgic front porches or different roof characteristics, which provide for the perfect sanctuary,” says Tammy Barry, Heritage Harbor Marketing & Sales Consultant. “We wanted to create a traditional neighborhood feel in our resort community through the structure and design. We are continually hearing the positive reactions of visitors and homeowners that stop by or take a tour.”

Heritage Harbor Ottawa isn’t alone.

Recently, they announced winners of the 2013 Best in American Living Awards all have a strong sense of traditional architecture—another reflection of what is catching attention in the market.

“Homeowners wanted a waterside retreat big enough for friends and family to enjoy time together, yet it was crucial that the house not overpower its scenic locale,” Builder says of the traditional real estate winners. It also points out that one of the biggest missteps to avoid in waterfront home design is the creation of a “hulking box” of a home in a setting where it doesn’t fit, where it distracts from the neighborhood’s natural ambiance.

This design mantra is paralleled in Starved Rock Country’s Heritage Harbor—the architecture of the resort homes and cottages don’t distract from the beauty of the Illinois River Valley, they add to it. While the interior spaces of the waterfront homes are open to endless possibilities of decorating trends and ideas, the unique Nantucket-style homes are together in a perfect waterfront, neighborhood setting along the Illinois River.

The “Cape Cod” inspired homes and condos are perfect for active adults seeking a resort lifestyle in a marina community, or classic three-level row cottages, which bring a touch of urban sophistication to their resort setting. Each maintenance-free home comes complete with a wide array of amenities.

Each floor plan features one level living, private entries, private outdoor spaces and maintenance-free exteriors. The architecture, in its most traditional sense, is the perfect embodiment of coastal living. These cottage homes will offer all of the intimacy of a nostalgic vacation retreat yet with all of the innovation available in energy efficient homebuilding today.

Click here to see a slideshow of Heritage Harbor Ottawa and its other series of waterfront homes.

For more information on the homes at Heritage Harbor Ottawa, see a floor plan, or to take a tour of any waterfront homes and cottages, contact Heritage Harbor Ottawa at 815-433-5000.

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