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karenmclafferty

Jan 14, 2010, 12:38 PM

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Neighborhoods in Guadalajara

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My husband and I are retired and thinking of moving from the Chapala area to a more vibrant environment like Guadalajara. Can anybody suggest "desirable" yet modest neighborhoods in Guadalajara where we may start to look for a house/apartment to rent? (We have both spent twenty-plus years living in Latin America, know its culture and speak Spanish fluently.)



esperanza

Jan 14, 2010, 4:48 PM

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Re: [karenmclafferty] Neighborhoods in Guadalajara

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Before moving to Morelia, Michoacán, I lived for several years in Col. Vallarta San Jorge, Guadalajara. The colonia is just a few blocks west of the Glorieta Minerva. It's exceptionally convenient to shopping, restaurants, Guadalajara's Centro Histórico, and public transportation. Vallarta San Jorge is also very quiet, filled with trees (and a park, at the corners of Av. Homero/Calle Fidias and Hidalgo), almost entirely residential, and very affordable. The surrounding colonias are also very pleasant. Please feel free to PM me if you'd like more information about life in Guadalajara; like you, I moved to the city because I was looking for a more vibrant environment. I found one and loved my life there.

Here's the zoom-able Guia Rojí map of the area:
http://mapas.guiaroji.com.mx/...gv_x=044&gv_y=4E

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sioux4noff

Jan 14, 2010, 9:27 PM

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Esperanza, what prompted your move from Guadalajara to Morelia? We just spent a week in Guadalajara, stayed near Plaza del Sol. I think we could like living in the big city, but not right now.


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esperanza

Jan 15, 2010, 7:50 AM

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I met the love of my life, who happened to live in Morelia. And I met her through MexConnect! It was a flip of the coin whether I would move here or she would move there. Since the two of us needed more space than either of the houses we were living in provided, both of us were going to have to move, wherever we were going to live. We found a fabulous house in Morelia and I moved here. Can you say happily ever after?

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sioux4noff

Jan 15, 2010, 5:01 PM

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That is a lovely story! Best wished to the 2 of you.


Camille

Jan 15, 2010, 9:26 PM

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Congratulations, Cristina, we should all be so lucky......


gypsyruth38

Jan 20, 2010, 8:49 AM

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Our experience of living in Guadalajara for one year was very positive. We lived in the Chapalita area, modest, safe, and within walking distance (if you're interested) to many places. Sandi's Bookstore, banks, laundromat, bakery, fabric store, and many other places.


mexliving

Jan 21, 2010, 10:37 PM

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i like the zapopan area.... lots of malls/restaurants/and good hospitals and there is a cryspy cream donut shop.... not to mention the vip movie theaters


Manuel Dexterity

Jan 22, 2010, 5:11 AM

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Zapopan is not a neighborhood.


chuckgdl

Jan 23, 2010, 5:01 PM

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I don't know what you consider modest. For me it's around $350 so that's where I live.
I live in Colonia Tepeyac, a few miles from Plaza del Sol and close to a new plaza which I cannot pronounce the name. The areas around Moctezuma/Patria are nice as is Estancia which is in the Plaza Galeria/Costco/Sams area. You did not mention if you have your own transportation or rely on public transportation. House rental will be around $600 dollars per month up. House rentals in my colonia go for around 3800 pesos per mo. Other nice areas are La Calma and Las Fuentes.

You can look in the newspaper http://aviso.informador.com.mx/bienes-raices/ and browse around. Google can translate the page for you if necessary.

Chapilita is nice. A lot of american and canadian people live around there. Also have the American Society Club there as well.

Hope this helps.


lostinmex

Jan 24, 2010, 4:26 PM

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We've lived in the Chapalita area for ten years,within walking distance of Sandi's (which we rarely visit). The neighborhood is convenient to grocery shopping,some restaurants,churches,bus stops,taxi stands,post office. Prices for housing are moderate.

We also like the Providencia neighborhood,as well as Ciudad del Sol. The area around the US consulate (in the area around the intersection of Chapultepec and Lopez Cotilla) is nice-much older and more colonial but also more commercial so maybe too noisy. But if we were moving we would look at it.


Georgia


Feb 1, 2010, 6:47 PM

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We have a home in Tlaquepaque close to the shopping/tourist district and Ilove it. Calle Independencia is a pedestrian street and you can go out and stroll and visit whenever. Walking to the market across the Parian is convenient. There is always something going on there and I enjoy the amenities of city life with a small town feel. But we're only 10 minutes from Guadalajara centro. For us, it's perfect. We do have a lot of friends there, so that influenced our decision to have a home there as well as Lakeside. We have the best of both worlds and I love it.


mercyd


Feb 4, 2010, 9:29 AM

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Hi, I have lived in Guadalajara since 1967 (father with US Govt) and now do real estate here in Guadalajara and relocation for corporate expats.
We have lots of great areas in Guadalajara!! I personally like the following:
Ciudad Granja - affordable rents - yet you feel like you are in a little Mexican village - on the West side of town out off of Vallarta -
Chapalita - both sides of Lopez Mateos - has little apts. and great for walking to restaurants, stores, etc.
Colonia Americana - the part of Guadalajara that I lived in the 60's (Calle Marsella & Lopez Cotilla) off of Chapultepec - very up and coming neighborhood - with restaurants , stores, etc... a little younger neighborhood.
If you are looking for something furnished and affordable - go to either Sandi's book store on Tepeyac in Chapalita to their bulletin board or over to the American Society - on San Francisco in Chapalita - to see their bulletin board - they normally have lots of rentals for those looking for something inexpensive, furnished and used to renting to foreigners!
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