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Retire at Lake Chapala!

The beautiful villages that cluster around Lake Chapala, Mexico, represent the largest community of retirees outside of Florida. Some 40,000 expatriates, mostly Canadian and American, currently live in “Lakeside”. Here, we live life to the fullest and this site is about helping you – and I hope to be part of your decision – make your dream a reality.

I created this site for you and I have attempted to cover most of your concerns – from cost of living, healthcare, safety in our area and so much more! 

I loved what I saw, the houses, the views, the lake, the mountains – just like Hawaii at a fraction of the cost. Oh my goodness! I love the quaintness, the ability to get somewhere in minutes rather than an hour or more, the restaurants, the Mexican people, the culture – how they take care of one another and how they respect their elders.
Deena Murdoch

Judit Rajhathy

Judith Rajhathy, Realtor

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Why Retire at Lake Chapala?

The top 3 reasons to choose lake Chapala for your retirement:

Downtown Chapala

Downtown Chapala

Mexican Tile 1Cost of Living!

One million Americans in Mexico can’t all be wrong – nor can an estimated 500,000 Canadians who live in Mexico, at least part-time. Mexico has a much lower cost of living than Canada or the States and is the nearest country where we are able to live year round yet be able to fly back within a few hours or drive back when the urge arises – to be with our precious families. International Living magazine estimates the overall cost of living to be 30% to 50% less than that of the USA.

The Weather!Mexican tile 2

Lake Chapala was rated by National Geographic as the second best location in the world for its near perfect climate. Having the latitude of Hawaii and the elevation of Denver means this semi-tropical zone averages about 23° Celsius (74° Fahrenheit) year round with almost no humidity. No heating or air conditioning is required with the spring-like temperatures at Lakeside…and you’re never housebound because of extremes of weather.

Jacaranda trees

The beautiful Jacaranda trees

Traditional dancers

Traditional dress on dancers

Mexican Tile 3The Quality of Life!

Mexicans live their lives – enjoying just about every moment.  They love to party, to picnic, to celebrate, to just be.  Lake Chapala is a unique blend of “gringo” and latin cultures – and it is such a gift to be able to be part of this union.  Living in this beautiful area is not just about the weather and cost of living – it is about living life to the fullest. Expats here play volleyball, tennis, golf – they walk, hike, bike, swim, kayak, take yoga classes, dance classes and engage in all kinds of social activities.

JudyMy daughter Judit came to Lake Chapala first and that was about twelve years ago. I started by visiting her for four weeks and then slowly each year my visits became longer and longer to the point where I realised that the more involved I became the more I wanted to live here. I love the weather and the Mexican people. I took Spanish classes as quickly as possible so I could communicate with the local people – even though many of them speak English. I just felt that I wanted to belong more to the culture. Then I began taking dance lessons and soon I was dancing Cumbia, Salsa, Danzon like a local! I feel like a new person here – rejuvenated and so busy I don’t know how I ever had time to work. The Lake Chapala Society is a wealth of information for newcomers and there are so many different activities!

My friends up north that are my age are either dead or dying or in old age homes where the winter months are long and they cannot be mobile. It really is so sad. I think my life has been extended and certainly you cannot beat the quality of life that the Lake Chapala area has to offer. I extend an invitation to all our northern friends to begin a new life in our area – you will not regret it!

Lake Chapala Real Estate
Lake Chapala Real Estate

If you are specifically interested in checking out real estate in our area, please take a look through my listings and I will be happy to answer any questions you might have.  I also have access to hundreds more, so if you don’t spot something you love there, come say hello!

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As a former realtor, I appreciate that two of the major things that influence the outcome of a sales campaign are presentation of the home and buyer activity levels. Judit worked hard with us to ensure our home was presented perfectly. She has ideas, good taste and flair. Take her suggestions! Buyer activity is crucial. Simply put, the more people who see your home, the better chance you have of finding the person/s who will love it and buy. We had high levels of inspections & open houses to bring people to us. As a result we sold our home for a good price in just 32 days. Thank you, Judit.

Palm TreePhone: 376-766-4530 or 4540
Mobile: 331-395-9849
International calls: 607-438-3507
Vonage: 845-750-6495

Skype: judit.rajhathy