Tom Heimsoth was the initial and driving force behind the development of Heritage Harbor. After a successful career as a software entrepreneur, he was seeking a new challenge. Tom had often enjoyed visiting many of the premier resort destinations found in the Midwest. Tom recognized that Chicago area residents had a very limited selection of options for “getting away.” Southwest Michigan, Wisconsin, and Galena were all becoming increasingly more inaccessible and congested.
At the crossing of two rivers and less than 90 minutes from downtown Chicago, Tom saw a historic Illinois town located in an area with unparalleled natural beauty where life was a lot like it used to be. He envisioned a place where families and friends could come together to make lasting memories, and he saw the magnificent waterfront parcel that would become the finest resort community in the Midwest.
Heritage Harbor would feature elegant homes, walkable neighborhoods, an incomparable marina, dining, activities, adventure and amenities. Heritage Harbor would feature “pocket neighborhoods,” traditional neighborhood designs, and inspired architecture. It would feature year-round recreation, natural beauty and access to one of Illinois’ best-kept secrets—it would become a place that people would want to call “home”.’ See video of features and testimonials of homeowners
Our Mission: “Heritage Harbor Ottawa will be the premier marina resort community in the Midwest. We are dedicated to generating exciting ownership opportunities for our customers and exciting stays for our guests. Heritage Harbor Ottawa will be a place where memories of family and fun will be created that will last for generations.” back