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The beautiful villages that cluster around Lake Chapala, Mexico, represent the largest community of retirees other than 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.

Feel free to browse this site. I created it 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.
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Judit Rajhathy

Judith Rajhathy, Realtor

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Why Lake Chapala?

The top 3 reasons to choose this wonderful corner of Mexico:

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.

Jenny JacksonTwenty five years ago I had occasion to go to the Lake Chapala area because a friend of mine had spent time there as a child with her parents who were artists. We ate and did stuff, found it to be very beautiful, stayed the week and came back to Houston. Then about sixteen years ago there was an ad in the Houston Chronicle about retiring in Mexico. My husband at the time and I went to it – it was a seminar at the airport and we were asked if anybody in the room had been to Lake Chapala. I enthusiastically raised my hand and said, “We have!” We drove down that Christmas, stayed a week, came home and went back the next June and stayed for 6 months. Canadians come to the Chapala area to get out of the cold – snowbirds. Texans come to Chapala to escape the sweltering heat – we are called ‘sunbirds’. Everybody was so friendly! Every time we would go out to eat we people would chat with us, asking us where we were from and then the friendships would begin. This is now my 16th year. The first nine years we rented in different parts of the area and seven years ago we built our house – and during the winter months we rent it out to snowbirds!


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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I had my condo listed with another realtor for six months. Judit listed it June 8th and I had a written offer June 9th! I could not believe it! Plus she was able to negotiate it to a great price!  I could not believe it! Judit went beyond the call of duty by coordinating a cleaning and moving my things since I was out of country. I would highly recommend Judit for all your Real Estate needs – she is a true professional!

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Mobile: 331-395-9849
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