Ajijic Vacation Rental Homes
Casa Roht (Raquet Club) : 1 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom, dining & living room, mountain view, excellent for relaxing. US$700 per month includes basic TV, access to the club.
Peralta : 4 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms,
Dining & Living, Terrace, View to the Lake & Pool.
US$1500 per month includes gardener & pool maintenance.
Casa Green : Excellent location in Lower Chula Vista, 3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Living Room, Dinning Room, Washer & Dryer, Garden & View to the Lake. US$1000 per month includes Condos Fees (Water) & Property Taxes.
Villa Encantada (Chapala) : Located just front of the Lake, Furnished, 2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Dinning & Living Room, Dish Network TV, International phone available. US$2300 per month includes electricity, star choice, local & International calls, maid 5 days a week, Gardener.
Casa Strand (Mission del Lago # 25) : Excellent home, 2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Kitchen, Laundry, Cover Terrace with view at the Lake, Community Pool. US$800 per month if less than 3 months. US$750 per month if 3 to 6 months. $700 per month if 6 months or more.
Casa Mora (Ixtlahuacan) : Five minutes out of Ixtalhuacan, very quiet area, nice views, 3 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms, dining & living, nice & equipped kitchen, cover patio & Garden (No phone line). US$800 per month includes gardener.
Casa Arriola (Brisas de Chapala) : 3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Dining Room, Living Room, Garden, Nice Mountain Views. US$750 per month includes gardener.
Casa Portillo 10 (Mirasol) : 2 Bedrooms, Den, 2 Bathrooms, Living Room, Kitchen, Cover Terrace, Carport. US$750 per month includes gardener.
Casa Perez (La Floresta) : 3 Bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, Dining & Living, Garden & Cover Terrace. US$750 per month.
Casa Moore 3 (Hacienda San Antonio) : Gated Communitty, 2 Bedrooms, 1 bathroom, water pressure & Filtration system. US$650 per month includes Condos Fees.
Casa Grober (La Floresta) : 2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Kitchen, Dining, Living Room & Garden. US$650 per month includes Gardener.
Casa Cardenas (Ajijic) : 3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Studio, Laundry, Living & Dining & Kitchen & Garden. US750 per month includes Gardener.
Casa Griffin (Ajijic) : 2 Bedrooms, Den, 3 bathrooms, Living Room, Dining Room, Kitchen, Laundry. US$750 per month.
Casa Portillo #2 (San Antonio) : Gated Community, 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, Living & Dining, community laundry. U$650 per month includes Condos Fees.
Casa Leon (Las Palmas) : 2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Den, Living & Dining, Cover Terrace, Garden. US750 per month includes Gardener & Condos Fees.
Casa Valdez (Rancho del Oro) : Unfurnished, 3 Bedrooms, 3 1/2 bathrooms, Den, Laudry Room, Phone line & Pool. US850 per month.
Casa Arroyo (San Antonio) : Gated Community, Unfurnished, 2 Bedrooms, 1 bathroom, community pool. US450 per month includes Condos Fees.
Casa Whalen (Raquet Club) : Nice Mexican Home, 2 Bedrooms, Den, 3 1/2 baths, view to the lake & mountains. US1000 per month includes access at the club.
Casa Dardy (Lower Chula Vista) : 2 Bedrooms, Den, 2 Baths, Dining & Living Room, Garden, Pool & Mountain View. US1450 per month includes gardener & pool maintenance.
Casa Edwards (Upper Ajijic) : 2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Living Room, Den, Kitchen & Mirador to the Lake. US$700 per month.
Portillo Apt (Ajijic) : Bedroom, 1 Bathroom, Living Room, Dinning Room, Kitchen, Excellent Location. US$400 per month.
Romero Apt (Ajijic) : 1 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom, Living Room, Nice Kitchen, Laundry, View at the Mountains. US450 per month
Casa Villanueva (Chapala Haciendas) : 1 Bedroom, 1 bathroom, dining & living room, kitchen & lake view. US$400 per month includes electricity & gas.
Golfers House (Chapala Country Club) : 2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Incredible view to the lake, Golf Course Facilities. US$400 per week, $1200 per month, or US$1000 per month long term.
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Ajijic Vacation Rental Homes
Hernández Realty Group S.A. de C.V.
Manuel Hernandez O, Broker
Carretera Chapala-Ajijic No. 36-38 (Entronque Libramiento) Apdo. 417
Ajijic, Jalisco, Mexico 45920
Tel : (376) 766-2103
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Forget the crowds, the high prices and soaring crime rates. Escape the snow and the sub-zero temperatures. Discover the best-kept secret south Rio Grande... discover Lake Chapala. Already, the largest population of North Americans outside Canada and the U.S. have chosen to live and vacation around Lake Chapala.
A closer look at Lake Chapala
Chapala, a small town located 25 minutes from Guadalajara's International airport, is on the shores of the largest natural lake in Mexico. In recent years, Chapala and five surrounding villages have become a haven for artists, writers and retirees from all over the world. On the surface, the lakeside villages are not unlike many others in Mexico. They all have the characteristic cobblestone streets, Spanish-tiled roofs and relaxed atmosphere; however, a closer look reveals several distinct differences:
With so many Norteamericanos in residence, ir is only natural that the area abounds with English-speaking shopkeepers, waiters, doctors, etc. In fact, there are more than 75 English-language organizations, churches and newspapers in the Guadalajara-Chapala area.
Chapala Lakeside has every modern convenience -the finest medical facilities, well-stocked supermarkets, cable or satellite TV, an impressive mass transit system, 2 golf courses, numerous art galleries, a community theater, Fax/telephone messaging services, ATM banking, even sports bars!
Guadalajara, sometimes called the "City of Eternal Spring", and Chapala Lakeside nicknamed the "Mexican Riviera", both boast of having the world's best climate. Low rainfall and temperatures averaging a mild 67.8oF (or 19.9oC) year-'round make it the ideal climate. At 5,000 feet in altitude, the lakeside area offers verdant, semitropical growth and mostly sunny days. The entire region is graced by lush forests, mountains, lakes and waterfalls.
The cost of living in Mexico is significantly lower than that of many other countries, including the U.S. or Canada. And, with the 1994 peso devaluation, tourists, investors and retirees are finding more bargains than ever.
Food, housing, medical care, utility bills, and domestic help are among the best values. Some examples of average mid-1999 prices (shown in U.S. dollars) are:
- Electricity, $ 15.00/month
- Maid, $148/month (full-time)
- T-bone steak $ 2.56/lb.
- 6-pack beer, $ 3.50
- Tomatoes, $ 0.18/lb.
- 1st run movie theatre, $ 2.50
- Dinner at a good restaurant, $ 6.00 up
At the colorful open-air markets or tianguis (tee-onggeez), shoppers can find everything from fresh fruits, vegetables, fish and meats, to clothing, toiletries, hardware items and auto parts. Also available is an assortment of low cost gift and decorative articles handcrafted from such materials as wood, pottery, copper, brass, leather, silver, glass, rattan or wood. Forty minutes away in Guadalajara, giant shopping malls, and familiar names like Wal-Mart, Price Club, Radio Shack, Office Depot, Kentucky Fried Chicken, McDonalds, and Burger King can be found.
Nearby Guadalajara offers even more. Museums, colonial architectural landmarks, theatrical productions, concert halls, elegant restaurants, first-run theaters, two accredited universities, a zoo and amusement park, all provide plenty to see and do. For an occasional change of scenery, some of the world's most beautiful beaches and oceanside resorts, such as Puerto Vallarta and Manzanillo, are easily within reach by car or commutes flight.
In the Guadalajara-Chapala area, compassionate and competent medical and dental care is close at hand. Housecalls are common, and many of the doctors are U.S. trained. A national state-administered health care program called IMSS (Instituto Mexicano del Seguro Social) is available for approximately $ 270 U.S. per year. Enrollment entitles one to nondeductible ambulance services, hospitalization, medications, doctors' services, dental exams and eye exams.. Other available plans ensure access to an increasing number of English-speaking doctors and dentists. Another big health care plus is the availability of low cost prescription and over-the-counter drugs, and inexpensive plastic surgery.
Quality of life
The Mexican lifestyle itself appears to be conductive to good health. Perhaps it is simply a matter of unwinding and easing the stress that is so typical of lifestyle and elsewhere. Or perhaps it is the fresh chemical-free fruits and vegetables. Or maybe it is the mild climate, or the clean air. Or maybe folks here have just rediscovered how beautiful and enjoyable life can be.
How can we help?
Whether you are considering vacationing, living, retiring or investing in the Chapala area, we can help.
We help people discover all that the Lakeside area has to offer. We can help obtain answers to all your questions, such as those about immigration, importation of personal belongings or pets, employment laws, investment practices, etc. As a multiple listings service member, lots of experience matching exactly the right home to each buyer. We also manage rental properties, and our efficient escrow department handles all paperwork preliminary to a transfer of title. We recently expanded into Real State construction, development and renovation. As of this publication we have:
- Over 100 area homes and condos listed for sale
- Listings ranging in price from $ 35,000 to $ 500,000
- Residential/commercial properties for rent or lease
- Building lots or parcels of undeveloped land
So, contact us today for more information, and discover the best-kept secret south of the Rio Grande... Chapala!
History of Ajijic
Ajijic is located on the north side of Lake Chapala, the largest lake in México. The town was founded about the year 1400, several years before Córtez landed on the mainland of North America. The king of the area was Xitomatl. The language of his people was Nahuatl. In 1531, the Spaniards came under the leadership of Friar Martín de la Coruna who Christianized the indigenous people, whether they wanted it or not.
In 1925, the town of Ajijic was discovered by European intellectuals who were seeking sanctuary from religious and political persecution. They got along well with the indigenous people and appreciated the climate, the fresh drinkable water, the lake, the mountains, the sunsets and sunrises. The newcomers brought art, painting, poetry, philosophy and Ajijic took on a mystique look.
In 1944, two German brothers, Otto and Frederick Butterling, established the first restaurant and gallery in Ajijic. Frederick was a distinguished painter. Otto spoke several languages and was more gregarious. Among those who came to their restaurant and gallery was D.H. Lawrence who wrote The Plumed Serpent and Lady Chatterley’s Lover, and Dane Chandos, who wrote The Village of the Sun here. A famous pianist, Tula Meyer, brought music to the area, and Helen Kirkland created a factory for fine, handmade clothing.
World traveler, Neil James, made her home here and the first line of her most famous book is, "I live in Ajijic." Neil James built a library in the area now known as Six Corners, and when she died, she donated her home and spacious grounds in the center of town to the American colony for the express purpose of bringing about better relations between the Mexicans and foreigners.
Today the town has an auditorium, two theaters, three motion picture theaters, a cultural center, many art galleries, two libraries, and attracts tourists from Europe, North America, South America, and Asia. Courtesy of Restaurant Tio Domingo, Ocampo 204, 3-766-2453.
Ajijic Developments Rental department manages rental properties, and maintains properties while owners are away. There is always a wide selection of rentals from which to choose. The rental office is located in the Village, on Colon, next to the Ajijic Post Office.
The Hernandez family has developed many beautiful communities such as Lomas de Ajijic, Villas del Tepalo, Lomas del Lago, Mision del Lago, Haciendas Ajijic, and La Huerta, although a separate corporation, the real estate company, has successfully marketed these communities.
If you are not familiar with the Lake Chapala area, it is an enclave of retirees from all over the world, now enjoying the year round, near perfect climate and the warm Mexican people. Retirees have been coming to Lakeside for over 50 years, and more continue to come each year.