Are you contemplating purchasing a home, or renting. It seems as if you've limited your possibilities to the Lakeside communities. If you're unfamiliar with the area(s) it probably makes the most sense for you to rent for a year to acclimate yourself to the area and to network with other expats and Mexicans you meet. You may decide the area's not right for you, or, positively, learn which areas are a better fit with your lifestyle and expectations.Ajijic, lake chapala, or Guadalajara? If we do go, having trouble deciding where to live. I see the nicer houses are in lake chapala. Thanks!