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Post by rstephenb on Tue Mar 01, 2016 9:24 pm

Hi everyone and buenas noches!

I am staying at the Casa Blanca next month for a few weeks while I look at rental for several months beginning April 1. I have joined the Lake Chapala Society and have reached out to several people who seem to be well-connected to the civic, social, arts and philanthropic communities. I look forward to meeting the residents and learning more about your experience and the area's lifestyle and culture. Just wanted to say "Hi" and let you know that I look forward to becoming involved in such an amazing area! I am recently retired but doing consulting for nonprofits.
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Post by CanuckBob on Tue Mar 01, 2016 9:32 pm

Welcome to Ajijic and Inside Lakeside. We live right across the street from the Casa Blanca so if you need anything give us a ring.
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Post by Carry Bean on Tue Mar 01, 2016 9:39 pm

Hi and welcome!

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Post by Zedinmexico on Wed Mar 02, 2016 7:24 am

First place I stayed at was Carta Blanca. Welcome. Go have a coffee at LCS in AM to meet folks. Lots of animal volunteer work here you should fit right in. Come see me around 10AM at LCS and I can introduce you to some folks. Be gregarious and you will meet all kinds of people. What part of north America are you from??

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Post by Trailrunner on Wed Mar 02, 2016 7:45 am

Bienvenidos! Enjoy your exploration and discovery.
Where are you moving here from?
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Post by Zedinmexico on Wed Mar 02, 2016 8:14 am

Oh yea in Ajijic another place to meet people is Black and White Coffee house on the plaza. Another coffee house is over by the big church.

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Post by rstephenb on Wed Mar 02, 2016 10:34 am

Thanks to all for your greetings. I sold my home in Seattle last August and sent six months in Asia (based in Chiang Mai, Thailand). Returned a few weeks ago to visit family and former neighbors in Seattle and now in San Diego seeing friends here. Spending a few days in Mexico City March 8-12, then Ajijic for the foreseeable future. Looking forward to meeting everyone!
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Post by Flamingo on Wed Mar 02, 2016 11:31 am

Welcome to Lakeside. We at LakesideSpay Neuter, better known as the Dog Ranch, would be pleased to welcome you as a volunteer if you're interested.

http://www.lakesidespayandneutercenter.com/index.html
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Post by PoCo2012 on Wed Mar 02, 2016 1:45 pm

Welcome and hola from over here on the south shore!
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Post by Zedinmexico on Wed Mar 02, 2016 5:33 pm

Lots of PNW folks here.  My family lives in Bellevue Wa. I spent most of my life in Corvallis Oregon.

Enjoy the experience. Not a bad place to start in Mexico. Its easy to be an expat here. We love the options that the Guadalajara (see I didn't say Guad!! inside inside lakeside joke) airport offers travelers. Food is pretty good here but great food is in Guadalajara!!  Folks are nice and pretty smart around here.
We are mostly Canadian than USA, Brits, and Germans and of course Mexicans. Ajijic may not be for everybody but its a pretty nice place to start your Mexico experience.

Welcome

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Post by WillieRae on Wed Mar 02, 2016 6:21 pm

We too started our migration from Bellevue, Wa. over 30 yrs ago, with a stopover in Scottsdale, then Mazatlan......now in Ajijic....not regretting one moment! Come relax a enjoy!!!

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Post by stewardess on Thu Mar 03, 2016 12:58 pm

Could I jump in and say that my husband & I are both retired looking into wintering in Lake Chapala or Ajijia. we have been wintering in Barra but back issues are forcing me to find a lower level of humidity and heard about your wonderful area.

We just asked for help in finding a rental for this winter. But not knowing the area, we want to drive away to see what the area contains.

What are the draw backs of each of the lakeside areas or are there any? How about rental costs for a really nice casa?

Any information would be greatly appreciated. I am former flight attendant and event coordinator, so I love to jump in to help with any event. My husband & I both lost our first loves and have only been married a short while. He is a retired US AirForce Para Rescue guy and Microsoft certified .

So we are so looking forward to being in your area.

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Post by oatsie on Thu Mar 03, 2016 1:12 pm

stewardess wrote: >snip..... He is a retired US AirForce Para Rescue guy snip>.  So we are so looking forward to being in your area.
Your husband may be interested in this:
Royal Canadian Air Force Association
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Post by Gamina on Thu Mar 03, 2016 5:24 pm

Ask specific questions to get the best answers. Like: 3/2 bd 3/2ba home with large/small yard for 6/2 dogs and no stairs, close to shopping.

Asking for costs of food, electricity or general rent can't be answered as those answers depend on your lifestyle.

Good luck
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Post by stewardess on Thu Mar 03, 2016 5:59 pm

Thank you.

Here is what I am looking for: 2-3 bedrooms, 2 bath, fireplace, updated, nice kitchen, dining room, pool (if possible), walking distance to restaurants, plazas, liimited stairs, fenced yard for our 2 dogs. (hopefully with flowers, gardens, etc)
Comfortable living room for guests and watching TV, wifi connection,

Mexican charm, bright colors, and FUN.

Of course this is alot on my wish list. But it's worth puttng it out there!
We would commit to a 5 month rental. November 2016-March 31, 2017....unless we find a killer deal and they need a longer lease!

We have spent 2 winters in Barra de Navidad, but now I need less humidity! And we were told about Lake Chapala/Ajijic.


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Post by Carry Bean on Thu Mar 03, 2016 7:32 pm

Will you have a car?

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Post by Trailrunner on Thu Mar 03, 2016 8:06 pm

You can get all that here.
One has to choose to either have a million dollar view up on the hills or to be in the village with the restaurants, plaza, and vibrant Mexican life in walking distance.
There are several different villages around this lake but it sounds like you want to live in Ajijic.
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Post by stewardess on Thu Mar 03, 2016 8:13 pm

Yes we will have a car and I will have a bicycle

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Post by Carry Bean on Thu Mar 03, 2016 10:21 pm

That broadens your horizons.

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Post by stewardess on Fri Mar 04, 2016 7:12 am

Where do you live? and which do you prefer? like the old saying goes" the realtor showed us all these condos in the city & we purchased 5 acres outside of town"

So I guess when we survey the sights we will know more.

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Post by Canada_Mike on Fri Mar 04, 2016 3:46 pm

Hi, and welcome. I'm still trying to think of drawbacks... Bad Banda music??

I have a four bedroom house in the village. Love being two long blocks from the plaza. The village tends to be a bit noisier than more outlying areas, but then Mexico is a noisy place.
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Post by suegarn on Fri Mar 04, 2016 5:29 pm

stewardess wrote:Thank you.

Here is what I am looking for:  2-3 bedrooms, 2 bath, fireplace, updated, nice kitchen, dining room, pool (if possible), walking distance to restaurants, plazas,  liimited stairs, fenced yard for our 2 dogs. (hopefully with flowers, gardens, etc)
Comfortable living room for guests and watching TV, wifi connection,

Mexican charm, bright colors, and FUN.

Of course this is alot on my wish list.  But it's worth puttng it out there!
We would commit to a 5 month rental.  November 2016-March 31, 2017....unless we find a killer deal and they need a longer lease!

We have spent 2 winters in Barra de Navidad, but now I need less humidity!  And we were told about Lake Chapala/Ajijic.


Here are links to some rental agencies/property management firms. Best to go online to each of these sites, check out listings, and get an idea of what it is that you would like.

chapalapmc.com

ajijichomes4rent.com

hernandezrgrentals.com

There are several more companies as well......just do a Google search for rentals in Ajijic. Once you are here, you also can find rentals just by driving or walking along some of the streets and seeing 'Si Renta' signs on the fence or windows. I hope this helps, and that you find your perfect place!

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Post by Gamina on Fri Mar 04, 2016 5:41 pm

google "rentals ajijic" and you'll see every real estate agency in the area. Most of them handle rentals as well as sales. Some are just rental agencies. You can see photos and usually a map to see where the rental is located. It would be wise to get an idea of the neighborhood names and where the main ones are located. If you want big trees, lower Riberas or La Floresta are good, for example
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Post by sm1mex on Mon Mar 07, 2016 2:24 pm

Humidity right now is 19%. Can't beat it.

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Post by Zedinmexico on Tue Mar 08, 2016 7:32 am

Roma is another good outfit for rentals. We have rented two houses from them with no problems. Pros.

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