How You Can Start A Luxurious New Life at Lake Chapala In Three Months or less … On As Little As $2,124 Per Month

September 4, 2008

How You Can Start A Luxurious New Life at Lake Chapala
In Three Months or less … On As Little As $2,124 Per Month

 Why not live the life of your dreams… more luxuriously… for perhaps as much as half of what you may be paying in the USA or Canada.

I know of an updated home in a middle class Mexican neighborhood in a convenient area of Chapala.

  • It’s within walking distance of weekly outdoor produce markets—where $5 can fill your tote to the brim with fresh fruit, vegetables, and other tasty local delicacies…
  • It’s just a few minutes drive from a soon to be completed WalMart SuperCenter and a new shopping center and under an hour from Guadalajara where more well know stores like Sam’s Club, Home Depot, Office Depot, and Costco are waiting.
  • And if we want to go to the beach, it’s only a half a day drive to the “Costa Alegre” between Manzanillo and Puerto Vallarta a beautiful , quiet stretch of coastline where you won’t find crowds, but you can still find descent clean hotels across the road from the beach for around $35 USD per night per couple and a full breakfast will run you a whopping $3.50 USD .

Arcelia and I slip off to the Coasta Alegre (Happy Coast) when ever we get a chance just to kick back and satisfy our occasional need for a change of scenery.

I’ll tell you something.

It sure is pleasant to live at Lake Chapala – with all of its modern conveniences—yet still be so close to such an uncrowded, undeveloped coastline like the Costa Alegre.

Oh, the home I mentioned earlier is a 2 bedroom, 2 bath furnished home (down to the silverware and towels). Other features include a bonus room off the master bedroom for a private sitting area, office, Multimedia room, or use you imagination.

It has gated parking for one car, an internal patio which brings light and fresh air into the home, a separate laundry room with new washer and dryer and an on demand hot water heater.

Rental HomeYou can take a look at this home and learn more about it here.


This home is a long walk or a very short drive to the center of downtown Chapala. Chapala is a small city with a population of over 30,000 with good inexpensive restaurants, a pretty plaza, a very large park near the lake, an art museum, and a beautiful waterfront area recently completely refurbished.

The County government is located in downtown Chapala along with a number of historic restored mansions, a large beautiful Catholic Church, Starbuck like coffee shops and my office… located next to the Coffee Tree coffee shop, The Coffee Tree has wonderful coffee, but without the Starbucks prices and like their big name competitor they have wireless internet and they even roast their own beans.

Stop by my office when you come to visit and the coffee’s on me.

Downtown Chapala in the evenings is always teeming with activity:

  • Food vendors are everywhere—selling everything from freshly made Mexican-style hot dogs and hamburgers to tacos and ice-cream cones—all for about a dollar or two each…
  • Children play while parents and grandparents watch close by…
  • Musicians and entertainers put on free evening performances…
  • Expats and locals alike get together and enjoy cheap, ice-cold cervezas, margaritas, and authentic local cuisine at the outdoor cafes and restaurants that surround the plaza…

So, plan a trip to see for yourself and I bet you will probably say, “I wish we’d found this place sooner…”

Sure, I may be a little biased, since I made a choice to live in Mexico full time over 6 years ago and visited many times before that, but you don’t need to take my word for it.

International Living is a favorite magazine of mine and I’ve been a subscriber for many years and they’ve even seen fit to publish a few of my submissions.

Each year they do a very comprehensive survey and consider all the things that are important to North America retirees and rate the countries of the world.

Mexico is always at or near the top every year. Here’s a quote directly from International Living magazine, September 2008.

“Dear International Living Reader,

For the second year running, our Annual Global Retirement Index rates Mexico as the best country in the world to retire to.

In Mexico, you can afford the kinds of luxuries only the wealthy enjoy up north: a maid, a cook, and a gardener, for example. Whether your vision of the ideal retirement involves shopping, fishing, sunbathing, diving, mountain climbing, collecting crafts, visiting archeological sites, going to concerts, attending the theater, or fine dining, in Mexico you can engage in all of these activities, and many more.

But let me back up for a moment to explain how our Annual retirement Index is rated. In this Index, featured every September in your International Living magazine, we analyze 29 countries, ranking them in categories including real estate costs, special benefits offered to retirees, culture, safety and stability, health care, climate, infrastructure, and cost of living.

We look closely at the best opportunities worldwide for retirement living. Where will the pensioner’s dollars go farthest? Which country is the safest? Where is the health care best? We give top priority to those things that matter most to anyone planning for retirement, including programs of special benefits for retirees (tax breaks and discounts, for example, that various governments offer to residents, sometimes specifically to foreign residents in an effort to attract investment and retirement dollars).

Mexico scores high across the board in our Index, receiving 77 points out of a possible 100. It especially scores high in the real estate, safety, climate, and health care categories …”

.Now, back to my personal experience;

  • I’ve travelled all over Mexico…
  • I’ve traveled Latin America… including Costa Rica numerous times which for a while was in the running with Mexico and I’ve visited many other retirement havens as well. over the world…

However, none of the places I’ve been me personally than right here at Lake Chapala Mexico where Arcelia and I live now.

Arcelia and I could live anywhere, as I’m blessed with a very nice pension. So it’s not just about the low cost of living for us… and we chose Lake Chapala.

I can’t think of a more promising overseas retirement haven for Americans and Canadians right now.

So, let me repeat myself, My professors told me in Law School if I say something twice, you better write it down as you may see it on a test. I can’t think of a more promising overseas retirement haven for Americans and Canadians right now.

I promise not to test you, but consider this… You have nothing to lose and perhaps a whole new exciting luxurious lifestyle to gain.
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Why Not Come to Lake Chapala and Find Out if it’s Right for You?


My name is Sid Grosvenor and  I’m a professional Exclusive Buyer’s Agent Realtor and member of the local real estate association (GIL) and of the National Association (AMPI), and have chosen to associate myself with not the biggest, just the best brokerage in the area, “Lake Chapala Real Estate” located just off the Central Plaza in Ajijic.

When you come for a visit, Arcelia and I will be here… and we’ll tell you everything we know about living here.

Then we’ll show you how you can live here, too—step-by-step—based on firsthand experience.

You’ll also meet—face-to-face—expats running businesses here, restoring older homes… buying real estate for fun and profit and of course, they’ll tell you how you can do the same if you choose…

And finally, you will have the opportunity of you choose to hear from legal advisers, insurance agents, banking professionals,moving specialists, contractors, and health care specialists; as well as expats who already have made the move here and are willing to share their experiences with you.

These experts will help you determine what’s best for you, answer all your questions, and help you to start living the good life at Lake Chapala – Ajijic. You can do it and we can help !

Here’s a sample budget for living well at Lake Chapala.

(Depending upon your preferences your own budget could be a lot more or a lot less)

Housing (rental of a two-bedroom two bath home)


Utilities (electricity, gas, water)

$ 88

Household help ($3 USD per hour for a maid and gardener)




Maintenance and fuel for one car


Entertainment (dining out and other activities)


 Health care (two people at $280 per year for IMSS insurance, plus $63 per month for private-care incidentals)


Incidentals (clothes, household items, etc.)


Communication: phone, internet, cable TV


Monthly total:


Remember: If you’ve bought your house outright or choose not to have a car; you would not have these expenses and you could cut your monhly expenses as much as $950 USD per month using the above sample expenses.

But in fairness you should add up to $300 USD a year for property taxes on your home here. (My own property taxes run under $80 USD per year. Yes, I know it’s hard to believe, but it’s true)

Ok, You probably are spending a lot more North of the Border. Just imagine what you could do with the differencce between what you’re spending now. And, remember you don’t pay taxes on money you save.

What will you do with the money you save each month? Put a grand kid through college, take luxury vacations each year… The choice is Yours !

Let me be your guide of discovery for all things Lake Chapala.

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  • Bob Johnson MD

    100% of all your cost of living information is false and misleading. I’m a medical doctor and I and my wife live like a King and Queen easily on less than half of your false and misleading cost of living information in the Chapala area and so do all of our friends. Based on your false and misleading information, it’s clear that you have no real basic knowledge about the true cost of living in the Chapala area. We recommend that you give some thought to having a mental examination and we encourage you to start thinking about finding a nice Mexican nursing home or assisted living home in Mexico and stop attempting to give people your false and misleading advice and information. You have no idea what you are talking about today and you are only making a complete fool out of yourself.

  • Sid Grosvenor

    Hi Bob, Glad you can live for even much less than $2124 per month.

    The article was written back in 2008 and “quoted” International Living magazine. These were not numbers I personally calculated so if you have a quarrel with the numbers you should direct your inquires to them, not me.

    One person’s idea of luxury of course is not the same as another persons idea.

    Perhaps others who see our posts can respond with their own ideas about the cost of living here. Again, I think this is very subjective.

    Telling it like it is, Sid

  • http://planningvacationandmayberetirement dan meyers

    hi sid, this about the doctor maybe he is not a doctor. it shows what kind of man you are sweet and helpful . he could have been nicer to you in a response. well itakes all kinds to make up the world. you handeled very nice. by the way did you recieve the pictures of the huming birds? loved the art show video. regards your friend danny

  • Sid Grosvenor

    Hi Danny, Thanks for your post. Yes, I enjoyed the humming bird video.Thanks for sending it. The humming birds are very common here. We see them in our garden frequently.

    Glad you enjoyed the art show video, We’re blessed with many artists in our area plus many come from all over Mexico at least once a year.

    Tu amigo, Sid

  • Arlene Cooney

    I am truly shocked at the way this “doctor” posted to you Sid!
    I have done my own calculations and arrived at the same numbers you gave and would not be living any differently than I am here and we don’t live like Kings here – we have what we refer here to as a comfortable lifestyle. As you said everyone has a different idea of what constitutes “living in luxury”.

    We all appreciate the work you do and the information you give Sid.

    All the best to you dear friend,

    Arlene and Carlos

  • Sid Grosvenor

    Hi Arlene, Thanks for your comments. I received a personal email that was along the same
    lines only not nearly so nice.

    I’d rather over state the cost of living than understate it. This way people if they can live on less
    here are pleasantly surprised than the other way around.

    My police officer background taught me to put up with a lot of verbal abuse without over reacting.

    Thanks again. Best to Carlos. Tu amigo, Sid

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