Own a Home in Mexico's Most Popular Expat Spot for Less Than 70 Grand
Suzan Haskins - International Living
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March 26, 2017

See the Magical Beauty of Ajijic and Lake Chapala Mexico from the Sky (Access Lake Chapala)

No matter the season, it always feels like spring to me here on the sunny shores of Lake Chapala in the heart of Mexico.

It’s the colors, I think. The robin’s egg blue sky, the soft green leaves on the trees and vines, the violet jacarandas, yellow primaveras, and the omnipresent bougainvillea in brilliant hues of purple, fuschia, and coral.

Here at Lakeside, as it’s called, we enjoy this scene every day of the year. The average daily high temperature ranges between 76 F in January, the coldest month and 86 F in May, warmest month.

It’s no wonder this area is home to the largest overseas population of U.S. and Canadian retirees - somewhere close to 20,000 are said to reside here during high season, with between 12,000 to 15,000 living here year-round.

Because U.S. and Canadian retirees have been flocking to Lakeside for 100 years now, this is a “mature” expat destination. Every product and service you might want or need is available. English is widely spoken by doctors, shopkeepers, and vendors in the local tianguis (farmers markets) and you’ll find restaurants offering a vast variety of international fare.

With today’s favorable peso to dollar exchange (about 20 pesos to US$1 and 15 pesos to CA$1), this an affordable time to be in Mexico.

I was explaining all this to friends who’ve been toying with the idea of retiring here. But they’re on something of a budget and they’d been led to believe that Mexico can be expensive.

So I shared some property examples with my friends to whet their appetites...

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