A Guide to Buying Property in Lake Chapala, Mexico

Welcome to our guide to buying property in Lake Chapala, Mexico.

Here you can find out all about the real estate market, including the best places to buy and property prices.

To find out about the buying process, read our guide to buying property in Mexico.


Overview – Lake Chapala Real Estate

Lake Chapala (Lago de Chapala) is located approximately 1 hour’s drive south of Guadalajara, the capital city of Jalisco. Lake Chapala is the largest freshwater lake in Mexico. The tranquil lake is home to migratory birds and hundreds of species of plants and animals. Set against a backdrop of the surrounding mountains, it is a beautiful spot – ideal for relaxation.

The serene atmosphere of the shores of the lake have made the area a popular retirement destination for American expats. Large communities of American retirees have settled in the region and invested in Lake Chapala real estate, in particular in the town of Chapala, the community of Vista del Lago and the village of Ajijic which lie on the north-western shore of Lake Chapala. There is a mix of both seasonal and full time residents. It has been estimated that, in total, over 30,000 American and Canadian retirees have settled in these communities in the Lake Chapala area. With such a large expat community there are both local stores as well as major American retailers present in the area, such as Walmart and Costco, which stock international brands. There are also numerous 24-hour medical clinics serving the community and a 9-hole golf course at the Chapala Country Club.

Lake Chapala real estate ranges from affordable villas and historical colonial houses to luxury homes for sale in Ajijic, many of which include beautiful gardens. Property for sale in Lake Chapala communities such as Ajijic, Chapala and Vista del Lago is therefore ideal for buyers looking to relocate and retire in Mexico, as well as for investors looking for an income-generating rental property. With such a large number of snowbirds heading to the region each winter, homes in Lake Chapala offer great potential for generating rental income.


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Getting to Lake Chapala

To get to the Lake Chapala area, fly to Guadalajara.

Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla Guadalajara International Airport (GDL) is located 16km south of the center of Guadalajara.

There are direct flights to Guadalajara from various cities in the USA, Canada, Central America and other parts of Mexico.

From the airport, Chapala and Ajijic are approximately 30 minutes drive to the south.

There are plenty of car rental companies and taxis available at the airport.

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