Jun 16, 2014, 4:21 PM
I lived in Guadalajara for several years, although I currently live in Mexico City. Here is what I think:
--You will love living close to the Centro Histórico.
--You will probably not love living in Tlaquepaque; it's fun and tourist-y, but too far from anything cultural like theater, concerts, museums, restaurants, etc.
--Zapopan is an integral part of Guadalajara (it surrounds the city in the shape of a 'C') and it's hard to tell where the city stops and Zapopan starts. The parts of Zapopan that are closer to Guadalajara's central part are wonderful.
--The best place to look for rentals (other than on foot) is by searching the classified ads in the daily GDL newspaper El Informador. Here's the link: http://aviso.informador.com.mx/bienes-raices/. That link asks you to use the dropdown menu to find the KIND of apartment or house you want. The dropdown menu below that asks for the colonia you want to search. My suggestions would be Vallarta San Jorge, Chapalita by any of its names (you'll see what I mean in the list), Americana, Libertad, Sta. Teresita, and Providencia). When you get done searching those colonias, post again if you haven't found what you're looking for and I'll tell you some other names of colonias that are close to Centro.
--You get what you pay for. My wonderful house in Guadalajara (on a tree-lined street in Col. Vallarta San Jorge, 10 minutes from the Cathedral and just four blocks from the Glorieta Minerva) had 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, decent kitchen, separate dining room, separate living room, enclosed parking, and a small garden. It was unfurnished. I paid $500/month plus utilities, but I feel certain that rents have gone up since I left.
--It is highly unlikely that you will find a furnished house or apartment in Guadalajara.
(This post was edited by esperanza on Jun 16, 2014, 4:25 PM)