Baby Boomers: Vacation Home Today, Retirement Home Tomorrow at Heritage Harbor Ottawa, Ill.

OTTAWA, Ill. – Many Americans are waiting longer to retire but want to take advantage of the relaxing lifestyle of a resort retirement community earlier. Heritage Harbor Ottawa, a resort marina community located in Starved Rock Country, has seen a trend of such buyers purchasing their vacation home within the community now. This gives them instant access now on a part-time basis with the intention of living in their home on a full-time basis upon retirement.

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Heritage Harbor Ottawa offers the ideal retirement resort community for those looking to kick back and relax, even if it is before retirement. Located just 90 minutes outside of Chicago, the homes within the neighborhoods are just steps from the Illinois River. Heritage Harbor Ottawa is a 142-acre development of single-family homes, townhomes, vacation cottages, villas, carriage homes and condos. These homes are situated around a 32-acre, full-service marina. The marina flows directly into the Illinois River, allowing easy access to watersport enjoyment such as boating, kayaking and paddle boarding all season long. One benefit of living on the Illinois River is that it warms up earlier than the lakes, giving homeowners a longer season to enjoy the water.

“We have noticed that buyers are looking for a home that can be used as a retirement home in the near future,” stated Tammy Barry, VP of Sales and Marketing, “Empty nesters are looking for somewhere they can come during their free time for a quick getaway or even as a more permanent living option. They can take advantage of having a vacation home, with the plan of a future retirement home that they can share with their family for years to come.”

Heritage Harbor Ottawa’s community is made up of pocket neighborhoods that offer many amenities in addition to the vibrant marina and waterfront restaurant.  With neighborhood pools, a dog park, sand volleyball, and a white sand beach, the community offers much more than just homes. Close to the hospital, downtown Ottawa and emergency services, this community is a safe place to stay and play.

“We are in the pre-sale phase of our newest neighborhood, Pinnacle Pointe. These lots will make the perfect transition from vacation home to retirement home,” Barry said. Pinnacle Point has 23 lots that can be home to one-story or two-story family homes. According to Barry, “After choosing the perfect lot, buyers can work with our design team to create the home that best fits their lifestyle. With the option of pre-designed homes or a custom build, buyers will easily find the ideal retirement home.”

These lots come in time for baby boomers to find the long-term vacation home they have been yearning for while still staying close to family and friends. Barry stated, “Many empty nesters are seeking a retirement home within the state they currently reside in order to stay close to their network and still access all the fun that resort retirement communities offer.”

Heritage Harbor offers many options from vacation homes to retirement and full-time residences, making this resort community flexible for every buyers’ schedule. For more information on available homes and vacation rentals, call (815) 433 5000 or visit to see how you can start living your retirement life now.

SOURCE: Heritage Harbor Ottawa

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