There is a very wide variety of options in Mexico homes for sale, both in style and location. One interesting option that buyers will want to consider is that of lakefront homes in Mexico’s central interior. These combine the charm of old Mexico with very temperate weather (never cold, but not nearly as hot as the beachfront areas) and a very accessible cost of living. The following are two very good examples of this kind of lifestyle.
Lake Chapala is probably the most popular destination for American and Canadian expats in Mexico’s central interior, especially for retirees. Lake Chapala has a series of small towns on its shores, including the towns of Chapala and Ajijic. All basic services can be found within the towns, such as Walmart and good clinics, while the defining feature of the towns is still the quaint cobble-stone roads and classic little white homes. Homes in the area offer views of the town itself, the lake and the surrounding hills covered with woodland and fields.
The two towns are located about 1 hour from the city of Guadalajara, the second largest city in Mexico, and about 45 minutes from the international airport, one of the most important in Mexico. The city offers all services not found in the towns, including very reputable and well-priced health care. It also boasts a very large colonial city center with vibrant distinct culture.
Morelia is another colonial city, about 4 hours away from Guadalajara. Within about 30 minutes, there are a couple of large lakes, the most popular of which is Lake Patzcuaro. The town of the same name has been named one of Mexico’s “Magic Villages” which is a designation given only to towns which preserve a distinct visual atmosphere, combined with ancient traditions that are accessible to tourists (and therefore also to American and Canadian expats!) While there are only a handful of expats in the area so far, this has also kept prices much lower. A favorite location for homes is on the shore of the lake, outside of town; many people enjoy a cottage lifestyle with a fireplace in a quaint home that combines rustic style with modern comfort.
Although on a smaller scale than Guadalajara, Morelia combines a colonial city center with all modern services, including an international airport.
Those interested in culture, history and the ideal moderate climate should consider a home in one of Mexico’s beautiful lakefront towns.
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