One of the many things that have always attracted people to purchase property in Ajijic, Lake Chapala is the diversity of your choices.
There are many different areas and we have lived in most of them. It depends on what you are looking for. The best way to find out what may suit your needs is to make a list of what you would require in a property.
Then share this information with a reputable real estate broker and go and look at the various areas available.
Some people want a view of the lake and other prefer a view of the mountains. Some people want a gated community others a rural setting. Some people want the convenience of village living with easy walking access to banks, restaurants and shopping and others might prefer to be in fraccionamiento (loosely translated as subdivision) such as La Floresta, Chula Vista, Villa Nova or Rancho del Oro.
The Racquet Club is also an interesting area west of Ajijic with magnificent views and recreation and tennis club on site, hence the name. The houses in this area are mostly new builds.
Your broker can tell you the price ranges of the different areas and what they have to offer.
There are old Mexican haciendas and brand new houses small and large with and without property.
Some people are avid gardeners and others would like an outdoor pool area.
So make your list based in your specific wish list and then find the area that offers what you are looking for.
We have found, however, that often one has a list and on seeing what is available their wish list changes to adapt to a house or property they have fallen in love with.
For me, I have always known if a house was for me by the feeling I get when I walk in the front door. One house we ended up buying in Toronto gave me that “feeling” but we looked at 37 other houses before we made the offer.
My advice to you is to trust your instincts and your broker. You will know when something is right for you.