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  1. Lots of folks who would not invite just anybody might rent for a month to friends or trusted folks. If you want to travel somewhere, we can pay some of your expenses while you do that and treat your home like it should be treated. We are a quiet couple who superhost an Airbnb in Canada and caretake an executive home in Arizona. You can see our dozens of 5 star reviews on Airbnb. We have references galore. I am a retired Property Appraiser and my wife worked with special needs students. No pets, no parties. AND we are here in Chapala for 3 more weeks, so we can meet and gain each others trust. Friends you have not met yet. We are looking at renting NEXT year, November-December 2020 Our needs are simple, we need a house for a month or so as we spend a month in Mexico every year. Best for us is December but we are flexible. We like to hike and are making friends in the Ajijic hiking group. Several have already suggested we stay in their home and house swap while they travel but we are not in that position as our house in AZ is entrusted to us. Please PM me if this appeals to you or one of your friends. In any case, thanks for reading! Willy and Mona
  2. Hi there, My name is Marc, a 35yo dutch guy. I was hoping anyone could give me some information/feedback on the following subject:-) I plan to start up a (small) business around Chapala/Ajijic region and rent e-bikes. Recently i’ve visited Chapala a couple of times and apart from the fact that i personally love the place, believe that there are possibilities. I suppose here on the forum are quite a lot of members active who might be living in the region for whay much longer, and might have some knowhow or relevant information/tips? Many thanks in advance, Marc
  3. We are newly-arrived Permanent Residents, now living lakeside year 'round. We are seeking a 2+ bedroom, 2+ bath home for a 2-to-3 year lease, appropriately priced. We are researching ChapalaMLS and AccessChapala, but we are especially inquiring to discover any properties coming available but not yet listed. Please contact us by private message, or by email to PaxOrbis@icloud.com. Thanks in advance for your help.
  4. Hello! I'm exploring the possibility of being in the Ajijic area for the next month. I'm currently in an Airbnb, but I'd like to find a place of my own to rent. I'm flexible on dates, but my hard leaving date would be mid-May. I don't need anything luxurious, just a small apartment for one in an area that is close in (I don't have any transportation and prefer to walk everywhere). I'd very much like to have a little kitchen, as I haven't had one for most of my time traveling and I really miss cooking (cheap therapy for me!). I'm clean, respectful, financially secure, and friendly. I speak both Spanish and English and work for myself online. I don't have any pets but I love them. I'm also open to a house/pet sit situation if anyone is seeking someone for that. I can provide a reference from the last gig that I was offered randomly in SMA if needed and I am happy to meet up. I'd prefer to pay 10,000 mex$ or less. Thanks for reading, and please reach out if you have any questions for me.
  5. Does anyone have a recommendation of a beach house rental? Any nice beach where it is reasonably quiet and within just a few hours drive ... 3 to 5 hours?
  6. Hello there - We are a retired couple now living in Ajijic looking for a change of home. We seek a minimum of two bedrooms and studio or better a 3/2 with secure parking for two vehicles. We have an adorable and well-behaved Labrador .... our budget ranges up to $1,600 for a minimum of one year. We are long-termers so we are interested in a multi-year rental opportunity. We prefer a gated community on the mountain with a lake view. Thank you for referring this to an interested landlord.
  7. RESPONSIBLE, TRAVELING RETIRED MALE SEEKING PRIVATE AIRBNB-TYPE RENTAL: LONG-TERM PRIVATE BEDROOM / ROOM-MATE SITUATION / ALSO HELP AROUND HOUSE -OR- SMALL CASITA, APT...WILL PAY RENT MONTHLY...READ ON AND LET ME KNOW... >>>> (I ALSO DO HOUSE/PET SITS -- HAVE EXPERIENCE & REFERENCES) HOLA! My name is Michael. I am processing my Perm Resident Visa and will complete the MX side of Visa in Chapala approx. beginning of Nov. 2018, then settle in Ajijic/Lakeside area. I am a very "young and active" 63 yo professional (now retired), Very Responsible, Easy-going, Friendly, Clean-Conscious, Honest, Great Communicator, Well Organized. I am Non-Smoking, enjoy social-only drinks, non-partier. I Love the Outdoors, am an avid Photographer and an Experienced Hiker (Member of Ajijic Hiking Club) & Biker! MY SITUATION: I have been traveling many cities in MX from May-Oct this year, some of them House Sits. When I return to MX in Nov, I plan to continue to travel around MX, doing more House Sits and visit more cities. However, I want to make Ajijic my “Home Base”, as I love it and have friends here. So I am looking for a mutual “extended” Airbnb-type situation (for lack of a better term). I need a secure place to keep my belongings and then have a place to stay in between my House Sits. I'm open to terms: It can be an extra bedroom, small casita...I do not require a lot of space. I am also willing/able to help around the house, take care of animals, etc. I love & care for animals and would prefer having them be part of this Experience. I Would Pay Rent Monthly. Together, we can come up with our own compensation terms, depending on what works best for you. If this sounds like something interesting, You can contact me on my Cell at 504.554.0501 (New Orleans) -- or Email me at standrew1136@yahoo.com -- or PM me-- and we can definitely talk more specifically to see if our situations would work together... OR--- Maybe you know of someone who might be looking for this type of arrangement...or in need of a House/Pet Sitter! I HAVE GREAT REFERENCES!: I Have Local Ajijic References (House Sit owner & Personal); also Business, Airbnb and additional Personal References to share on request. I can provide a Professional Personal Background Check. Contact me at 504.554.0501 (If no answer, please email me). I Prefer the Ajijic Area, but am totally open to other Lakeside Locations. ---THX! Hope to hear from you! Buen Dia! How to private message: Hover over my photo on the left and a pop-up will appear. Click on Message in the bottom left corner.
  8. We are looking for a long term rental or house exchange in the Ajijic area. My husband, son, age 10 and I will be here for a year while our son attends primary school in Ajijic. We need 2-3 bedrooms preferably with access to a pool or the Lake. I am a former creative director and designed environments for hospitals. My husband managed residential construction projects and is open to maintaining the property we rent. We are non-smokers, homeowners and extremely responsible. Excellent references. We have a beautiful, spacious 2 bedroom home with a pool in La Paz, BCS as a possible home exchange for 6-12 months. It is 3 blocks from the beach and includes our housekeeper, pool maintenance person, utilities, etc. Kitchen is equipped with Bosch appliances. It is modern, with lots of light and an open floor plan. I can forward photos and provide more information. Thanks for your consideration!
  9. Hello Lake Chapala community! I am coming to Lake Chapala from Dallas, TX for one month in May/June (I will know the exact dates later) and looking for a small apartment/studio/casita for one person (myself) in Ajijic, west Ajijic, San Juan Cosala or San Antonio. Being close to hot springs in San Juan Cosala is a plus. It needs to be on a QUIET street yet very close to buses and taxis (important, since I can't walk distances). I need to have a full kitchen. Would prefer a bright airy place with an outdoor space, a balcony and/or nice view. Budget 6000 pesos. I am a responsible, quiet person, don't smoke, don't party, coming to explore the area, visit hot springs, and for medical travel. Thank you. Elizaveta
  10. I am an expat service consultant seeking a nice house or apartment in Riberas, Mirasol, Vista Lago, Chapala Haciendas and Chula Vista or similar for a client. She is a retired woman who has a well behaved dog and wants to sign a 6-12 month lease starting in April. She is seeking a 2 bedroom 1 bath place with some Mexican charm and an area for her medium sized dog that is fenced. It does not need to be a large area but needs some outside area for her dog. Her price range is around $900 a month which should include utilities. Wifi is also important. Something close to the bus route would be great as well. It should be furnished with decent appliances. If you have something that will coming available please email me at mexicoinsiderguide@gmail.com.
  11. Hi, Does anyone have or know of a 2 bedroom rental in Zapopan for 2 weeks in July? We are visiting family. There are 3 of us. A house or apartment will do. I've looked at airbnb but perhaps members here have something available too. Closer to the basilica the better! . PM if you have something! Thanks! Rich
  12. I rented at the Moon property. The owner has many rescue barking dogs, the place is so run down, the unit was so dirty I had to hire Spring Clean to clean it and I had to buy my own TV. It was impossible to live there, so I had to leave after 2 months of a year lease. The worst part, I had to hire a lawyer, get a judgement against the owner and the owner still refused to refund my $2,000 security deposit and last months rent!
  13. Our family is moving to Ajijic in July from Buffalo, New York. We are looking to rent a house. We have 3 kids that are enrolled at Instituto Terranova. We have been looking since Christmas time and have been down twice without finding a place we like. We will gladly take any suggestions and are planning to return later this month or early June to rent somewhere. Please see our requirements below and pm us is you have something. Thank you!!! Chris and Anne Marie Our requirements on a house are: 1) At least 3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms - it is ok if there is a main house and a casita. More bedrooms and bathrooms is ok too; 2) In the village if possible, La Floresta is ok, West Ajijic, Upper Ajijic or Villa Nova is ok, but no gated communities. We like a more traditional looking house; 3) We need a long term lease - at least 1 year, probably 2 years. We will consider renting something from July - December and have more time to look once we are in the area, but we do not want anything month-to-month; 4) We would like a pool, but it is not absolutely necessary; 5) We would like to get a small dog, also not necessary. Our budget is $1000 - $2000 US a month including utilities and internet. We will pay more for more Thank you in advance for any leads you can provide!
  14. After 20 years working as an engineer and manager in the U.S. I have had enough of corporate life and am contemplating early retirement. Thus I plan to spend the month of April experiencing Lakeside life as part of a scouting mission to Mexico. I could use some advice on good neighborhoods to get the most out of the visit and perhaps some help vetting a rental before I commit to a whole month. Online listings and photos don't tell the whole story, and I'd hate to find myself in an undesirable part of town or next to a jackhammer testing facility. On the other hand, I am doing my best to stay within my early retirement budget and expect to make some compromises. I will be driving down with my dog, so off street parking and a garden/courtyard area would be nice. Good internet service would be helpful. Although I will have a car, it would be nice to be able to walk to restaurants, etc. It's just me and the dog this time so I don't need a large house... I would rather be paying for location and quality than size. Tips on where I should focus my search would be greatly appreciated. I apologize if this is a tiresome subject on this board. Feel free to message me directly.
  15. I am looking for a furnished rental from approximately Feb 1 to March 15 for one person, female, senior but not feeble. Preferably studio or small apartment. Preferably with all utilities, WiFi, etc included. Prefer La Floresta to San Antonio or Chapala. Of course all my "prefers" are flexible due to the last minute search. Please PM me if you have or know of something or post here. Whichever. A house sit would also work as my dates are somewhat flexible. Thanks.
  16. My wife and I would like to rent a house or apartment near Ajijic for the month of September.
  17. A plea for help. After spending (and owing) mucho deneros on medical tests and procedures Laurie and I found ourselves unable to find the cash for "first, last and deposit" to rent a new place at the end of our lease. Laurie placed an ad on Beg Borrow Buy and Sell requesting a house sitting job. Our prayers were answered By Pat Moir who needed someone to look after her 5 cats and wonderful home. We arranged that Laurie and I would stay and care for said cats and home until the end of October. Perfect! We had a place and would be able to save the money for a new home of our own come November. Pat said she had wanted to make a difference in our lives and was eager to help us. Unfortunately Pat, the wonderful woman that she was, passed away enroute to Canada where she was going to spend time with family after losing her husband. Her daughter ,Kim, arrived to take stock of the house and grieve. Things were still on course for us to stay in the house as Pat wished. When the step son arrived,Kyle, all Hell broke loose. They both now want us to vacate. Unfortunately we neither have somewhere to go or the money to deal with a new rental. Mexican law states that they need to give us 3 months notice whether we had a signed contract or not due to basic possession of the house. I haven't the heart to get into an ugly battle with someone who has just lost her Mom even though apparently have every right to. We both understand the agony these folks are going through but to toss us to the street is beyond uncompassionate. Pat herself I believe would be appalled at this. She was a woman of her word and this would go against the grain of her core values. Kyle has offered us some pittance of financial aid just to speed up the process but it will not be enough. So once more we are putting out the feelers for a house sitting gig ( which we are willing to pay for) or a rental that requires no first and last. We can pay up to $700 a month. We are BEGGING someone out there to help us find a place post haste. Laurie is in California right now for medical reasons and I am left here to feel like a leper in a home that was supposed to be ours for 3 months. HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Get us off the streets! My email is spexmex@yahoo.ca phone number is 331 433 1408 Thank you in advance for any and all help.
  18. We fell in love with Lakeside and it's people. However agents will not talk to us until November. We very much want to spend the winter here. As a retired couple we ate looking for a 2 bedroom plus, 2 bath, spacious, well maintained,nicely furnished CLEAN home. Outdoor space very important. Lap pool, but not required. Kitchen with clean stocked amieties.Comfortable seating. Non Smoking. We have a 9 lb short haired SERVICE dog. Area from Racquet Club to San Antonio. Price depending on quality and location. $1000. US and up. We would like to enjoy Lakeside December thru April. Thank you for your consideration.
  19. I will be looking to rent long-term in the next few months. This needs to be a place that will be ok with my 3 friendly and quiet rescue dogs. My preferences are that it be unfurnished with a lake view. I am able to put down a pet deposit and put up a fence, if asked. 2+ bedrooms, secure, with a garden. If it turns out to be the right house for us, I would sign a lease for several years.
  20. Hi, I'm a retired artist seeking a two bedroom home or casita to rent with a yard, long term. I have a well behaved dog, and am looking for a quiet, private home/property to rent, not more than $800.00, preferably less, starting October or November.
  21. Looking for small casita, efficiency or apartment on lower Ajijic or la Floresta suitable for one person for month of December. Up to $700. email with particulars and phone number. Thanks email: lizlarrabee@gmail.com
  22. I posted that I was looking for a long term rental with yard, but now I'm seeking a quiet, 2 bedroom home with enclosed yard, on a month to month basis. I'm a retired artist with a very sweet, obedient golden retriever. Look forward to hearing from you.
  23. HI, I'm seeking a 1-2 bedroom rental, long term, with large enclosed yard, starting in September, October or November. I prefer to be on the outskirts of central Ajijic, and like the Tio Domingo and Christina areas near Rancho Salud, or San Antonio near the lake, and possibly other areas that feel open and relatively quiet. Close to the lake or view would be nice. I have a golden/collie dog who I like to take on walks and am a retired artist, teacher, and homeowner. Don't want to pay more than $750 a month, and preferably less. I speak Spanish and have lived in Mexico (other areas) for many years. Thank you.
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