In the central Pacific region of Mexico, there is state which many people may not identify by name - Jalisco; however, they can identify a variety of important historic & cultural landmarks (the liquor Tequila and the colonial city of Guadalajara.) They can also identify two of Mexico’s top real estate areas in this state; Puerto Vallarta real estate and Lake Chapala real estate.
Mexico homes for sale in the two areas reflect the great variety to be found in the state of Jalisco. The following is a comparison of some of those features.
Bay Views vs. Lake Views – One of the key attractions of both locations are the views. In Puerto Vallarta, the value of homes and condos is often determined in large part by the views of the Bay of Banderas, the surrounding mountains and the old town. In Lake Chapala, views are defined by the lake and the forest-covered hills surrounding.
Beachfront City vs. Old Town – Puerto Vallarta has grown up around an old town, which still forms the downtown center of the city. The new city of Puerto Vallarta combines this traditional old town with modern beachfront luxury and a contemporary lifestyle. Local fruit and vegetable markets exist alongside modern supermarkets like Walmart; farmers bringing produce into town drawn by a mule exist alongside one of the country’s most important international airports. Puerto Vallarta is, in many ways, a dichotomy and co-existence of the old Mexico and the new Mexico.
The towns on Lake Chapala offer a similar combination, but in a different way. Chapala, Ajijic and the other towns in many ways have retained the original small, Mexican town character. Many modern services, including an important international airport, are located about an hour away in the metropolitan of Guadalajara.
Temperatures – Both are moderately warm climates. Puerto Vallarta tends to be on the warmer side, with a year-round average of about 72 degrees, offering a sunny beachfront lifestyle. Lake Chapala is also warm, but tends to be about 5 degrees lower, and gets cool enough for residents to enjoy a sweater on winter evenings.
Cost – More than anything, this is a strong similarity. Homes in both areas cover all budgets. Even those buying on a modest budget can afford to live comfortably. The cost of living is also very low. Everything from groceries to monthly bills are noticeably lower.
The two areas share certain similarities and both reflect the attractiveness of the buying and owning a home in the State of Jalisco, Mexico.
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