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Mimi Johnson-Jacobs

Member since: 2009
Speaks: english, spanish

Family Friendly, Pet Friendly Walled Villa with Solar Heated Pool.

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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Villa, 3 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 3.5 Baths, (Sleeps 6-8)

Location: Ajijic, Lake Chapala, Mexico

Unlock the door in the wall and step into flower filled grounds with abundant fruit trees, tropical birds, a solar heated pool, and enough space for a game of croquette or bocce ball.

This 4,800 s.f. home is nestled in the foothills of Ajijic with views of Lake Chapala. The 2 story residence is about 3/4 mile from the city center of this tranquil English-speaking town and only 40 minutes from historic Guadalajara.

The villa provides the perfect getaway and is the ideal location for lazy days of sunning, swimming, bird watching, sipping margaritas, or reading. In the evenings you can enjoy superb meals at charming nearby restaurants or create your own meals in the villa's gourmet kitchen and eat on one of the outdoor terraces. The balmy breezes and quiet nights will soothe and revive you; and when you are revived, you can work online or keep in touch with folks back home using our wi-fi and high speed internet connections and VOIP set to your USA area code.

This walled property features 2 master suites, four terraces, abundant fruit trees and a view of Lake Chapala.

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  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • pets considered
  • smoking allowed
  • wheelchair accessible
Mimi Johnson-Jacobs (Owner)
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english, spanish

About Mimi Johnson-Jacobs

I am a retired lawyer and my husband is a retired teacher. We live in the E. Bay Area of Northern California and get down to Mexico about twice a year.

Mimi Johnson-Jacobs purchased this villa in 2005

Why Mimi Johnson-Jacobs chose Ajijic

My husband and I visited Ajijic for 4 days in the summer of 2005. Before we left, we bought this house! It was the most impulsive thing we had ever done, especially since we were not planning to move to Mexico. However, we love having a home in the magical little town of Ajijic. And now that we are sharing it with our guests, it makes sense to keep it.

What makes this villa unique

For me it's all about the tranquility. We have the mountains in back of us, the lake down below, and tropical birds splashing in the fountain in front of the terraza. I'm a golfer so I play at Chula Vista just about every day when we're there. My husband is a computer guy so he spends most of his days online. But we eat out most nights -- so that is our together time. Also we're both readers so we bring a stack of books and magazines and catch up on our reading in Ajijic.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(55 traveler reviews)
Family Friendly, Pet Friendly Walled Villa with Solar Heated Pool.
average rating of 4.9636364 based on 55 reviews

Most wonderful summer vacation

  • 5 of 5

Mimi, we had the best time ever!! Kudos to Veronica - who was always available via phone, Monica - who kept the house spic and span and Juan - who made the garden a delight for the eyes!!!! We (4 people) were blown away by the layout of the house. Biggest problem every morning was where to have breakfast as all the terraces are so beautiful. The pool was the perfect depth (my husband is 6'6) to even do lap swimming - what a treat. The amount of different birds and butterflies in the garden was amazing, my husband did not stop taking pictures. The walk into Ajijic is easy and there are so many wonderful restaurants and stores nearby. We went to Guadalajara (just 50 min by car) to TlaquePaque and had a fabulous time, did the farmers market on Thursdays in Ajijic, went to the thermal hot springs in San Juan Cosala and went people watching on Sundays at the Malecon in Chapala. Every afternoon we would enjoy the garden and relax by the pool.

We will be definitely back next year.

Manuela, Markus, BJ and Shelby

  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Oakley, CA

Another wonderful stay !!!

  • 5 of 5

Four of us stayed at Mimi's wonderful house in Ajijic the week of June 19. This was our second stay and no disappointments here. The staff is wonderful and go about their work without disturbing the guests. We were promptly met by Veronica, the property manager, who would make herself available and answered our questions. We hired a cook, Mari, who was recommended to us and she made it much easier for me. I generally like to cook breakfast but very much appreciated the luxury of having Mari.

We ate out every day -- so many restaurants to choose from. Of course we enjoyed the shopping!

The house is just beautiful and very welcoming! It is in a very nice and quiet residential area. We enjoyed the pool --- either in it or just sitting by it. I love the views of the lake and garden, and watching and hearing the birds. So many different birds!

We hope to return next year with two other friends who I'm sure will appreciate Mimi's lovely, feel good house.

Many many thanks Mimi!

  • Submitted: Jul 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Gracias a ti, Delia, y tambien Jose'. Siempre mi placir. Hasta pronto. Mimi JJ
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Oceanside, CA

Wonderful Home and Staff

  • 5 of 5

The villa is beautiful and the gardens are spectacular. We spent several evenings at home instead of dining out because spending the evening on the terrace listening to the beautiful fountain and enjoying the view was just perfect. We throughly enjoyed the home and Chapala, meeting wonderful people, enjoying hot springs and fantastic restaurants. Monica our housekeeper couldn't have been better and enhanced our experience attending to our needs. Thank you Mimi for sharing your special home.

  • Submitted: Jul 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Norm. I'm glad that you and Oren had a good time. Hopefully, you will return soon with your wife so she can check out the special little town that is Ajijic. Veronica will pass your kind comments on to Monika and I know that she (Monika) will be all smiles. Like the rest of us, she really loves the pats on the back that she receives from grateful guests. We think that she is pretty great also. Be well. Hurry back. Best, Mimi JJ
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Within these walls....paradise awaits !!!

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I chose this villa while we were relaxing at a B&B on Coronado Island a few months ago. We remembered someone telling us to check out Lake Chapala area of Mexico. VRBO presented Mimi's place and we were amazed. As with most things in life, a place is really about the people. Ajijic is wonderfully magic that way. The support staff Mimi has in place is extremely accommodating! Veronica responded to every question and request. Monica was so nice to have come by to clean and Juan the Jardinero was just plain fun.

Our level of relaxation become so deep. Our big decision of the day was which patio should we use to sit, read, birdwatch, nap, eat, drink our water and our wine. Every glance was filled with beautiful flowers, plants, fountains. The pool was such a delight after our stroll up the hill from the local grocer where a few dollars filled our bags with delights.

The transport to and from the airport was perfect as was our day outing to Tequila. We highly recommend La Cofraida distillery set up on a hill in the town. It is beautiful and very educational as to the distilling and proper tasting of very fine tequila. Casa Noble, Carlos Santana's signature brand when he was a co-owner of the distillery is a must buy at half the price one would pay in the US. Ask for Simon to be your guide at La Cofaida. He is passionate about tequila!

Each day and night was filled with the most luxurious relaxation, down at the bottom of the hill on the main road is a very nice physical therapy clinic that offers outstanding massage. As you have already heard, the restaurants throughout the area are fantastic and so very reasonably priced. Charm exudes from the pores of this place.

If you are birders, you really do not need to leave Mimi's property. But if you choose to, The Lake Chapala Bird Group, John Keeling, organizer is a very welcoming group to take you on their regular bird walks. John also wrote the local guide to restaurants in Chapala area.

I could go on and on, needless to say, this is the place. Open the door from the cobblestone street and let you mind, heart and soul unwind.

Hasta Luego,

John and Joan G.

Los Juanitos

  • Submitted: May 17, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear John & Joan, Thank you for being our guests and for posting such an informative review! Tequila is indeed a wonderful side trip and I often join the birders when in Ajijic. I will share your kind comments with the Ajijic staff. I already heard through the grapevine that they want you back. Yes, our staff does reviews as well. LOL. So, see to it my friends. Hasta pronto. Mimi JJ
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A Third Wonderful March

  • 5 of 5

We have been lucky enough to stay in Mimi's wonderful home for the past three years and can honestly say that it just gets better each visit! Every year we notice and are impressed with the improvements which result in a beautifully kept home and property. This time we noticed a big change in access to unlimited hot water! A big deal when four people are showering all at once. Mimi also changed her Tv supplier to Shaw Cable and we really enjoyed the access to so many channels including CNN. A beautiful new dining room set made a huge difference to the indoor atmosphere as well. Once again, we loved sitting outside at night listening to the fountain and enjoying the beautiful garden. Needless to say we have already signed up for next year and look forward to many years ahead! Thanks to Mimi, Veronica and her wonderful staff for welcoming us back each March!

  • Submitted: Apr 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Susan & David, We have you booked for 2017. Glad you liked the updates and thank you for the feedback. I have already shared your comments with Veronica & the Rio Nazas staff. We all look forward to your return, como siempre. Mimi JJ
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Magical Stay

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I cannot imagine an opportunity to stay in a house that exceeds the beauty, space, location, and amenities of this house---in Mexico--or anywhere. The house has been designed, furnished and decorated with impeccable taste, including fine art placed in just the right places. The kitchen layout with quality cabinetry and appliances surpasses what we have in our custom home in the U.S. We wish we could have come back home, gathered up basics and returned to live forever in this house. The garden areas, with dozens of flowers, singing birds, pristine swimming pool, and views of Lake Chapala from each of the balconies transformed us. The location of this house in relation to "the village" or, "central Ajijic" is convenient. We walked to the town plaza and the lake nearly every day of our stay. (Most people won't want to walk several miles a day, like we did, but the town plaza is only about a mile from the house.)

Confirming the stay through VRBO was easy. The management team for the property is professional and service-oriented. They will insure that all the needs of your stay will be met. We hope to return again and again! It would especially be great to return with family or friends to share in the experience. This was a pretty big house for only the two of us!

Susan and Devin, Sparks, Nevada (Reno-Tahoe area)

  • Submitted: Mar 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Susan & Devin, Please forgive this late response. I read your kind review months ago and planned to respond that day but life intruded. Also, I was humbled by your comments and momentarily at a loss for words. You love the house we love. Que Bueno! You love the town we love. Even better! Do come back soon. Bring family or friends or just bring yourselves. The sooner the better. Gracias. Cuidase, Mimi JJ
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Nearest Airport
20 Miles
Hidalgo Airport, Guadalajara

Other Activities: Shopping, Kayaking, Rock Climbing, Health/Beauty Spa

Golf: There are 2 great golf courses near the house. The first is Chula Vista, a small, visually stunning nine hole course with no electric carts. The caddies, some of them English-speaking are wonderful and knowledgeable. Most golfers play this course twice. Chula Vista is about 3 miles from the house.

The Chapala Country Club also has a nine hole course, providing an 18 hole option. This course is longer than the course at Chula Vista and and has electric carts. It is a lovely place to play, about 20 minutes from the house.

There are also several world class courses in Mexico, several of which are in Guadalajara. Guadalajara is 45 - 60 minutes away from Rio Nazas #34.


Rates & Availability

Villa Nova Villa Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Apr 1 2016 - Sep 30 2016
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $40 per night, per additional guest
Oct 1 2016 - Mar 31 2017
7 night minimum stay
Apr 1 2017 - Sep 30 2017
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

online booking $25
Property Damage Protection $59

These rates are for a maximum of 4 adults and unlimited children. There is a surcharge of fifty dollars ($50) per adult per night for every adult above the 4 included in the rate schedule.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Villa Nova Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
Floor Area:
  • 4800 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Lake
  • Lake View
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Garage
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Catering Available ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
    Bathroom 4 -
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1) 2, Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) Full Size
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • VCR
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Wood Deck
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility ...
  • pets considered
  • smoking allowed ...
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
  • jetted tub
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • rock climbing
  • swimming
  • tennis

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