Welcome to Ajijic and Lake Chapala Retirement Area
We want to congratulate you for looking into Mexico's largest North American retirement community. As pioneers in real estate (1st one lakeside) and the publishing business, we have introduced many to our local idyllic scene. We feel this is what we do best, showing you what graceful and carefree retirement is all about. Let us share with you our excitement and knowledge on the lake area. Be among the many that have already begun a new and enjoyable life.
The Area Known as “Lakeside”
This area is known as “Lakeside” to residents from the U.S., Canada, Great Britain and Europe, among other places, and “la ribera” to Mexicans. Due partly to the eclectic mixture, it has developed a continental Old World charm which blends smoothly with a distinctly Mexican ambiance.
Cobblestone streets, tile-roofed homes, riotously colorful gardens blooming year around, and incredible open-air markets and restaurants are common sights, backdropped by lush green mountains surrounding the lake. The hills are laced with flowering trees and plants, and accented by waterfalls, caves, petroglyphs, indigenous sacred sites, and a variety of hiking trails and places to explore.
Over 10,000 retirees call lakeside their home, call us, we can show you around!
Chapala, Jalisco, Mexico
In 1521-22, Franciscan evangelists, sent from Spain by Catholic King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella to Christianize the natives, baptized Chief Chapalac, and named him "Martin of Chapala," master of the people, owner of the land. In exchange, the Taltica Indian chief destroyed his god, Iztlacateotl.
In 1538, Franciscan Fray Miguel Bolonia founded the city of Chapala. He built a hermitage on Chapala's highest hill, Cerro San Miguel, where he lived until his death. He built another hermitage on the island of Mezcala, where native children were given religious instruction.
Home of The Week
“Great Location in El Raquet Club”
Secure, gated, close to restaurants, tennis courts, club house, thermal waters pool, terraces, views!! Easy living, 1 level, 3 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, new floors, windows, renovations all over!! All furnished, move – in condition, just bring your tooth brush!! Immaculate property, front and back yard, beautiful Mexican back patio with a fountain, there is a wide cozy terrace to enjoy the great views of the lake, besides the covered mirador with built in kitchen to sit or entertain, and enjoy the sunsets on the lake. This home is very Mexican, colors and decorations through out the house are beautiful and warm, brick ceilings, bright and airy rooms, very comfortable home. Each room with en-suite bathroom, plus lots of storage. There is a covered pool in the front yard, just uncover it, filters and hardware are ready to use. 2 car automatic garage, easy outdoors access from every room, and more. Have to see it. Call for an appointment.