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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.
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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.

Gail ParksThere is so much to do here – I would love a day to be bored! I am involved in so many things and anything you want is available here – even Walmart – lol! The mountains look like broccoli fields in the spring – the terrain is so beautiful! Hot springs are just a few minutes down the road!

You just can’t get any better than this. I love it here!



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 am writing this endorsement to assist current and potential lakeside buyers and sellers to make their optimal choice in selection of a real estate agent. Whether buying or selling, an individual’s home is a considerable and sometimes singular financial and emotional investment and any transaction, especially one considered in a culture different from one’s experience and comfort level, can be quite anxiety laden. When seeking representation, I strongly felt that I needed to work with someone who not only had the key real estate set of skills such as local knowledge and experience, real time market knowledge, respect within the real estate profession and community, a proven history of success, excellent communication skills, and a strong client advocacy approach but I also wanted to have confidence in the integrity and business acumen of both the agent and their firm. I found all of these qualities in working with Judit Rajhathy and Lake Chapala Real Estate.


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

Skype: judit.rajhathy