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San Nicolas de Ibarra

The Town of San Nicolas de Ibarra San Nicolas de Ibarra directly translates to “Saint Nicholas of Ibarra”. It is a small town or village and quite similar to Santa Cruz de La Soledad – another town or village next to the Chapala Country Club and Vista del Lago.  It is quiet and inexpensive with […]

West Ajijic

The Neighborhood of West Ajijic and it’s Gated Communities Puerta Arroyo, Arroyo Alto, Los Sabinos and La Reserva are four separate communities built by Interlago Group.   Winding cobblestone streets and bougainvillea covered walls set the scene in all these communities creating that “ vacation” feel. All four communities are gated 24/7 offering a high […]

Upper Ajijic

The Neighborhood of Upper Ajijic Everybody knows “Lower Ajijic”. Every visitor, newcomer and local residents has enjoyed the lively plaza, the Wednesday outdoor market/tianguis, the Malecon for a stroll along the lake, etc. Along with all that, Lower Ajijic also has the highest concentration of restaurants, galleries, shops and other businesses that make it such […]

El Parque

The Neighborhood/Gated Community of El Parque El Parque offers one of the most secure and beautiful environments in Lakeside, with 24/7 double front gate guard, plus a staff of gardeners and maintenance to keep it manicured all the time. What does the name El Parque mean? The name “El Parque” initially came about because it was formerly […]


The Town of Jocotepec Jocotepec is a town around the Chapala Lake that gets many visits from people including Guadalajara and surrounding areas because of its very popular foods.  A dish made with goat called “birria” is very popular and also a pomegranate punch and handmade ice cream (nieve de garrafa).  Jocotepec has a large […]

San Antonio Tlayacapan

The town of San Antonio Tlayacapan San Antonio Tlayacapan is a small town on the north shore of Lake Chapala located between Ajijic and Chapala.  Despite all the foreign influence it is still a very traditional town.  Its people are very friendly and it is a place where you can breathe the tranquility and relaxation […]


The town of Chapala, Jalisco Mexico If you are looking for a place where you can rest and feel free from stress of the bustle and pollution of the city, the town of Chapala is a magical place full of tradition, folklore and a special charm to live a great experience.  A place that offers […]

Real Estate in Ajijic and Chapala

A simple buyers guide 1. Know your neighborhoods The Lake Chapala area has many towns and neighborhoods. Everything from 5-star condo living to authentic Mexican villages. For this reason the most important decision isn’t where you want to live but more how you want to live. If you like the sounds of children playing in […]

The Cupula

Spain’s gift to Mexico The cupula that you see incorporated into the Mexican architecture adds to the charm, but did you know they serve a purpose as well? Check out this article by J. Brad Grieve The Cúpula: Spain’s gift to Mexico’s colonial architecture by J. Brad Grieve Home Construction & Maintenance in Mexico Other than […]

Grading & Drainage

Do you have questions about controlling the flow of water in and around your property? Here is some great information on the grading and drainage for your home. Grading and drainage in Lake Chapala by J. Brad Grieve The Mexican House There have been times when I step into a house and immediately know there […]