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Sparkling 2 BR, 2 Bath villa in El Dorado

Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 30 - 90 nights


About the property

House, 2 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 4)

If you've heard of Ajijic (on Lake Chapala), you know about its near perfect climate. If you know how to pronounce it (Aheeheek), you probably know why it is a favored destination for snow birds, sunbirds and ex-pats. Here you can enjoy and afford the good life with a Mexican twist. Within walking distance to the colorful village of Ajijic, El Dorado offers the finest resort style living in the area. Although the gated community is 100% safe, there is a professional 24 hour security team. My home is a fairly large single family villa with additional outdoor living space. Streaming with sunlight on all sides, the open floor plan adds a feeling of spaciousness. The two bedrooms and marble en suite bathrooms flank each wing offering privacy should you have overnight guests. Excellent mattresses with dense foam toppers and high-quality bedding insure you comfortable sleep. The fully equipped kitchen has everything from a coffee grinder for brewing local organic coffee, to an electric juicer for the freshest oj anywhere. Of course there's a microwave for reheating the leftovers from last nights dinner at Ajijic Tango or from any of the many excellent restaurants. Clean, purified water is supplied with a six stage filtration system including reverse osmosis. The entertainment center with a large flat screen TV (Shaw premium package) and DVD player have surround sound. Dine al fresco with seating for up to six at a round table on the back covered terrace with its elegant bubbling fountain and surrounding golden hibiscus. Maybe it's time to spread out that jig saw puzzle or take a nap on the outdoor chaise lounge. Relax on the rooftop mirador reading a book with a glass of vino and catch those awesome sunsets over the lake and mountains.

Join your new friends for an evening stroll on the lushly landscaped grounds. Relax and enjoy another beautiful day in paradise.

Keywords: Villa, single family home, casa, house, casita, resort property

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Member since: 2005
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
August 3, 2017

About arlene

As a Real Estate Broker for over 30 years, I live and breathe real estate. Some people might consider me a collector or a real estate junkie as I own several properties but my El Dorado second home is my absolute fave.

arlene purchased this house in 2008

Why arlene chose Lake Chapala

Coming to visit Lake Chapala since 2002, I have learned much about the area and when ground broke for El Dorado, I knew it was the perfect spot for my dream home. In walking distance to the quaint village of Ajijic, this resort community sets a new level of excellence for the area. Its amenities are the absolute best with a heated infinity pool surrounded by panoramic views, a state of the art gym, two tennis courts and exquisitely landscaped grounds. Unfortunately, due to litigation, the common areas are not currently available. The express bus to the cosmopolitan city of Guadalajara runs every hour. Safety is a concern so the professional security is reassuring. There is plenty to do right at El Dorado but day trips to places of interest are available too.

What makes this house unique

Always bright and cheery, the indoor space flows outdoors with two terraces plus the covered roof top mirador and open area. Waking up to the chirping birds and coffee with local, aromatic organic coffee beans, I might be off to a tiangus (market) to search for fresh produce, organic eggs, local honey or the latest anti-aging skin care product. Breakfast or lunch Cafe Negro is always good. Evenings are often shared with friends while we watch the majestic sunset from the mirador. A safe evening walk around the fully landscaped grounds completes some days. Then I can curl up in front of the flat screen TV or watch the latest movies on the DVD player.

Guestbook comments from the owner

"Surrounded by expansive mountains and the largest lake in the area, you will find this lovely house. The rooms are all decorated with authentic Mexican pottery, original paintings and many other artisan, handmade artifacts. The furniture is real comfy. The kitchen is well equipped so put on your chef's hat. We especially enjoyed the large patio which features lots of exotic flora and fauna and ample room for outdoor dining. All you will ever need to have a safe and relaxed holiday vacation."
Jan 2017
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Ajijic House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • pets not allowed ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Resort ...
  • Village ...
  • Water View
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Fireplace
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Extra large. Full marble suround. Dual sinks.
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Walk in shower with built in seat. Full marble suround
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Queen size Beds (1) At least 3 sets of high thread count sheets with matching blankets and coordinated bedding, Double Beds (1) Tempurpedic mattress topper in guest room. 1st quality, all cotton bed linens
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Heated Pool
  • Shared Hot Tub ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain climbing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Rooftop covered mirador with spectacular sunset views over the lake. Exterior fully painted recently Comfortable, modern Mexican décor accented with original art by Mexican artists such as Francisco Zuniga, George Rausch, Claudia Nery as well as handmade artisan crafts from other regions of Mexico. Fruit trees (lemon, orange, pomegranete, papaya avocado) and blackberries, A mini organic orchard in progress but the bounty is very limited as the birds get there first. Rental rates INCLUDE Shaw premium TV, landline telephone and wifi internet, 5 stage filtration system for drinking water and gardener. Renter pays for propane gas, electric, housekeeper.


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Sparkling 2 BR, 2 Bath villa in El Dorado
average rating of 5.0 based on 13 reviews

Guest for one week from San Diego

  • 5 of 5

My stay was excellent. Beautiful home with all the amenities one could ask for. The breeze off the lake

was lovely. Great location for walking, catching local buses etc. Lots of fun restaurants in area. A great

deal to do in this typical Mexican Village. Organic market and open market were fun and exciting.

Always a festival of some sort or civic event to attend near by. The malecon is terrific for strolling, jogging,

walking and sitting. A 5 star property for sure.

  • Submitted: Jun 16, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Cheryl, you were a 5 star guest! Glad your visit was a good one. Arlene
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House in El Dorado

  • 5 of 5

My wife and i had a pleasant stay in arlene's well- equipped house in El Dorado, a gated community on the outskirts of Ajijic. The house was spacious having 2 bedrooms ( one double bed in each) and 2. bathrooms. We enjoyed the small garden with a fountain and the lovely views from the rooftop spite of the short cut into town( a rough path behind the complex) we found we needed a car because we felt the path unsafe at night and taxis were not always available. Additionally, it was hard to manage the hill with groceries. However, once we had a car, there was no problem.

  • Submitted: May 2, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Since taxis are not always available, I always suggest identifying a driver or taxi you like and call them when needed. In the house manual, there are cards of several drivers who offer reasonable rates and are cooperative about making themselves available when needed. I will make that more prominent for future guests. The bed in the master is actually a Mexican queen which is a bit narrower than an American queen but the US sheets fit it fine.
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Kerrville, Texas

Beautiful Lake view, well appointed home.

  • 5 of 5

We spent six months in this lovely home. The kitchen is equipped with everything you could need, and much much more. We spent a lot of time on the covered patio enjoying the lake view and fountain. The light on the patio made it a great place for me to paint. Views are exceptional up in the Mirador. Many photos were shared with friends from the rooftop.

The neighborhood is beautiful and the streets are slate, so they are good for walking.

We recommend this lovely home with it's close proximity to restaurants, food shopping and many other services.

  • Submitted: Nov 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Komoka Ontario Canada

Very comfortable with all the features of a nice home.

  • 5 of 5

The home was most comfortable and very well equipped. Loved the sun on the patio. Location was very convenient.Perhaps too much house for one person.

  • Submitted: Apr 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful home, a true treasure

  • 5 of 5

We rented this lovely home for a month, and will say that it more than met our expectations. It is fully equipped with a gourmet kitchen and wonderful outside spaces to enjoy the warm afternoons and wonderful evenings. The gardens are full of tropical delights- even pomegranates and lemons. It is a perfect location for exploring the area, a car is not really necessary as you can walk to the grocery store, the fish market the wine store etc. The buses are good and cabs are not to expensive.It is a lovely walk to Ajijic , a bit longer to Chapala, but there is a great walking lane/bike lane all along the lake. Great restaurants in Ajijic after walking and sightseeing the outside areas at the casa are very welcome quiet spaces. can't say enough about what a great place this is. The owner was most helpful and provided us with a wealth of information- we would definitely recommend this property

  • Submitted: Dec 1, 2015
  • Stayed: Nov 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Sabrina and Doug for all the compliments. I appreciate your kind words. As this was your first trip to Ajijic, I know you weren't quite sure what to expect. I am so glad you were able to enjoy your time here.
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A Little Spot in Paradise

  • 5 of 5

El Dorado is a well-guarded closed community of some 60 villas of all shapes and sizes in traditional Mexican style, all with well-kept gardens of tropical flowers, palms, and friendly neighbours! A fair walking distance from a movie theatre, food, Casino, medical clinics, buses and Walmart, but to enjoy Mexico you need a car. Or perhaps a horse?

We rented Arlene's Casa for a year, a perfect place to decide if Mexico is meant for you. Casa #50 has a fine view of the lake especially from the mirador. It is always light and airy, always a cool breeze off the lake even on the hottest days. It is quite well stocked with everything in every sense with good closets.

The large bedroom, living and dinning rooms all have full walk out screened doors onto the patio, with lake views. the smaller bedroom bedroom looks over the cactus garden, carport, and tennis courts. There is a gas fireplace for the chilly evenings to relax by.

From the mirador, the panorama of Lake Chapala and the mountains on its South shore is spectacular. East & West the North shore looks almost European in places. Behind are more mountains, a few exclusive condos, an infinity pool and clubhouse.

I am not a "birder", but this would be a birder's paradise. The dawn chorus starts at 6:30am and a fascinating variety of birdsongs last throughout the day. Birds I have never seen before. There are alway birds to watch on the patio, especially if you fuel a hummingbird feeder. We had a hummingbird's nest on the mirador the size of a walnut!

You will not be disappointed. Thank you, Arlene.

  • Submitted: Jun 26, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Debra and Jim for being such good stewards of my home away from home. Moving full-time to Mexico is a big leap and I am glad Casa El Dorado served as a comfortable transition for you.
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Nearest Airport
20 Miles
Guadalajara, Mexico
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Adelita's,, Lake Taco, Mama's, LaTaverna
Nearest Golf
0.6 Miles
Chula Vista Golf
Nearest Restaurant
0.2 Miles
Cafe Negro, La Taverna, Tony's, Pannino's, Mario's
Nearest Beach
3 Miles
San Antonio, Ajijic Malecon
Car: not necessary

Gated community with 24 hour security.

Several excellent golf courses in the area

Express bus to and from Guadalajara runs from the front gate every hour.

Walk to best restaurants.

Nearby nail salons, yoga, pilates, massage.

Excellent dentists, doctors and spa services

30-35 minute walk to town.

Frequent local bus service to Ajijic village, Chapala, Jocotopec and everywhere in between.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Damage Deposit $500

Unlike other rentals, rate INCLUDES Shaw HD premium TV, Telmex phone (landline and cell) for Mexico and U.S. , wifi internet. Also included: HOA fees, water, purified drinking water, gardener
Tenant pays for maid, propane gas, electric. Be advised, common area amenities are not currently available. Owners affected by this are in the process of restoring use of the common facilities through the Mexican legal process.
Also available year round or long term rental for reduced rental amount.

$500 security deposit to reserve. First and last months rent paid in advance.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.