Cost of living in the Ajijic, Lake Chapala area
The Lakeside area is a conservative, “suburban” area. You’ll find parents walking children to and from school, residents strolling to local markets and shops, and visitors touring the local restaurants and galleries.
It is not unusual to see a horse tied outside a restaurant or market, while their owner is inside dining/shopping. Here people know their neighbors, both Mexican & expatriate.
The prices of most things are dramatically lower here. For example:
~ Property Taxes are very low in Ajijic, and in Mexico, as a whole: (.08%) of the assessed value; so taxes on a home might run $200 – $300 per year.
~ A visit to an English-speaking doctor is about $42.00 USD/$55 CAD at Lakeside.
~ A trip to the dentist that would cost over $100 in the U.S. is around $40 here.
~ A house call to change a flat tire or jump a battery can be $5.
~ It’s not unusual to have dinner for two, in a nice restaurant with a bottle of wine included, for around $40 to $50.
~ Fresh fruits and vegetables are plentiful and inexpensive.
~ Most services (gardeners, maids, repairmen, craftsmen) are quite affordable … gardeners and maids earn about $4 to $5/hour.
~ Most homes do not have or need heating or air-conditioning, which keeps down utility bills.