Jaime Niembro,  Broker By Jaime Niembro

Many retirees in the U.S. and Canada dream of some village with a “magical” atmosphere, nestled between a lake and surrounding hills, with cobble stone roads and quaint little homes – and of course, with warm weather all year!

The good news is that there’s no need to imagine.  Markets like Lake Chapala real estate in Mexico offer retirees this kind of lifestyle close to home at a low cost; Mexico’s Fifth Annual Meeting of Magic Towns emphasises the number of options available offering this kind of lifestyle in this country, including less famous markets such as Morelia Real Estate, and Valle de Bravo real estate.

The Ministry of Tourism of Mexico’s Federal Government announced early in May that the Fifth Annual Meeting of Magic Towns would be held from May 25 to May 27 in the northern city of Colima.  The meeting specifically aims to build international awareness of this type of tourist location in Mexico, working to contribute to the flow of tourists and to place Mexico among the top five most visited countries in the world.

Currently, the most famous of these towns, on an international level, are the towns and villages on the shore of Lake Chapala.  The two main communities are Chapala and Ajijic.

These towns, like the others which have been given this distinction within Mexico, are small communities which offer a well maintained and developed a traditional visual atmosphere, as well as traditional festivals, and a variety of cultural events and activities helping tourists connect with rich local traditions.  These “Magic Towns” are ideal for retirees who wish to enjoy Mexico’s rich history, culture and traditions while still living a comfortable, modern lifestyle.

The towns on Lake Chapala account for what is perhaps Mexico’s largest community of retirees from the U.S. and Canada; besides the visual and cultural atmosphere of the town, residents enjoy a very moderate, near-perfect climate.

Other towns showing excellent potential for retirees of similar tastes includes the villages on the shores of Lake Patzcuaro near the central Mexican city of Morelia, also only a few hours away from Lake Chapala.  These towns date back to pre-conquest Mexico, as do their traditions.   A few hours further into the center Mexico is the town of Valle de Bravo, which is likewise a beautiful, quaint lakeside village offering a comfortable modern lifestyle and spectacular views.  It is only about 2 hours away from all the modern conveniences of Mexico City’s newest upscale business district.

In both of these cases, the popularity among Mexico’s upper middle class has brought large amounts of investment and conveniences to the communities.

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Region: Lake Chapala Real Estate Jaime Niembro has served on the board as vice president and treasurer. He also is an active member of the AMPI association having served as president including the Chamber of Commerce. Jaime is the owner broker of Ajijic Real Estate. For more information (512)-879-6546.

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