Some people prefer to live a little farther out from the concentration of expats in the Lakeside area. These areas will be a little more challenging for people who do not speak at least a little Spanish, and may have a little less developed infrastructure.
East of Chapala lie the two small towns of Santa Cruz de La Soledad, and San Nicolas de Ibarra. San Nicolas is about a 10 minute drive from Chapala, and Santa Cruz lies about halfway between the two.
The Lake Chapala Country Club and Vista del Lago subdivision are just outside of San Nicolas.
About 15 minutes north of Chapala, and about 25 minutes south from the Guadalajara airport, is the town of Ixtlahuacan de los Membrillos. With about 20,000 residents, Ixtlahuacan is a good-sized town with places to shop, and a number of nice restaurants.
On the south side of Lake Chapala, 15 to 25 minutes from Jocotepec, and an hour or more from Ajijic, are the small towns of San Pedro Tesistán, San Cristobal Zapotitlán, and San Luis Soyatlan. The south side of the lake boasts spectacular views. Home prices and rentals in this area will be considerably less than the north shore of the lake in the Ajijic-Chapala area.
But the distance from shopping, medical centers, and lack of internet (and other infrastructure) are some of the reasons why there are few expats who choose to live here.
Although the office of Mi Casa Real Estate Company is located on the north shore of Lake Chapala in San Antonio Tlayacapan, and the majority of our listings are in the Lakeside area, we list property for our clients anywhere in Mexico. And our agents can help you in the purchase of property anywhere in Mexico.