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

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Space 4,800 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Fireplace
  • Private Pool


About the property

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.

Keywords: Villa

More Details

Mimi Johnson-Jacobs
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within a day
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Calendar last updated:
May 19, 2017

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.


Rancho del Oro Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
Floor Area:
  • 4800 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • smoking allowed ...
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
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
  • limited accessibility ...
  • 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


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(61 traveler reviews)

Family Friendly, Pet Friendly Walled Villa with Solar Heated Pool.
average rating of 4.967213 based on 61 reviews


  • 5 of 5

This home is a gem. The pictures and description do not do it justice. Mimi is great, very responsive to any concerns or issues. Monica the housekeeper, keeps everything nice. We could not have asked for anything more. We highly recommend this home .

Alice Chasteen, Vinton Ohio

  • Submitted: Feb 25, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Alice, You and Bill got good reviews as well. LOL. I always ask our Mexico staff to rate our guests and you guys got a "thumbs up." Good luck in continuing to explore retirement options around the world. We look forward to having you visit us again in the not-too-distant future. Best, Mimi JJ
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Two more happy campers behind the doors of no.34!

  • 5 of 5

Mimi's reviews are getting a bit boring as everybody raves about this little haven on Rio Nazas. Sorry folks, we join the list of boring! We have just returned from 5 splendid weeks @ no. 34. We have been home but a few hours and already miss our cheeping birdies, the butterflies, flowers and of course the beautiful views. We covered the pool every evening which got the temperature up such that even my husband was swimming each day and he hates cool water. One thing we could add for future visitors is the taxi situation. For those of you who don't want to rent a car and do walk abouts, taxis are not abundant. After 8.30pm almost non existent. We went to the taxi stand at the plaza and "adopted" a driver. Called only him and even when he was not available, he would organize one of his colleagues to collect us. This worked but pick up time had to be preplanned. Local buses were 7 pesos and lots of fun but do not be in a hurry to go anywhere. Still haven't figured out what schedule they run to but do take you anywhere along the caraterra. One disappointing thing is that we cannot go back next year, not out of choice but the house was booked for 2018 and we lost our "slot" however we hope to get the opportunity to be one of Mimi's "regulars" in the not too distant future.In the meantime, to all future visitors, you will not be disappointed with this holiday treat. Many thanks Mimi. Until the next time!

  • Submitted: Feb 18, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Alison, I consulted the Rio Nazas staff and they want you to become one of our "regulars" so let's get to work on it. Thank you for your kind review. I'll be in touch. Best, Mimi JJ
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Love this House !!

  • 5 of 5

This was our second visit to Mimi's beautiful villa. Our group ranged in ages from 21 to 78, everyone loved the house and Ajijic. The gardens continues to be spectacular, the house is spacious and very clean. We love the gourmet kitchen. With all the amazing food in the markets, we cooked delicious meals almost every night. I would recommend this rental to anyone who wants a peaceful Mexican holiday.

  • Submitted: Dec 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Jodi & Rob, And the house loves you! It was great to have you back again. Your tentative dates for 2018 are posted on the calendar. We love being your annual hosts in the very special little town of Ajijic. Thanks for being our guests. Have a great 2017 and we will see you next year. Mimi JJ
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Calm, relaxing oasis

  • 5 of 5

We wouldn't hesitate to recommend this property to any of our friends and family. Beautiful exceptionally well kept gardens are the first to greet you upon entering the property. The home is large and very comfortable and has all the amenities that you could want in a home away from home. As well there is lots of "wow" factor as you walk through the first time. The pictures you see on this page are a very accurate representation of the home. Veronica met us at the house and showed us around and gave us some good advice of restaurants and things to do. As well all the reviews of this property are also very accurate.

Having breakfast on the terrace became our favorite way to start the day.

Ajijic and surrounding area is great, nice relaxed pace to everything perfect for some down time. We enjoyed the local market place on Wednesday, everyone was very friendly and helpful.

Thanks Mimi for sharing your beautiful property with us.

  • Submitted: Dec 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, Richard, for being our guest(s). I got good reviews on you guys as well. LOL. November is one of my favorites months in Ajijic -- but then, I have many favorites. Thank you for your kind words and hurry back! Feliz Festivos. Mimi JJ
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Beautiful Home and Lovely Gardens

  • 5 of 5

Staying at the Villa on Rio Naza was a wonderful experience. The home is very large, open and airy. It is clean and well maintained. Lots of light comes in.

From the patios you can see up to the mountains and down to the lake all while being securely ensconced in your own little borrowed paradise. The breezes are wonderful. We were at the tail end of the rainy season, and had lightening and thunder almost nightly along with a good hour of heavy rain each night. The days were sunny and war.

Mimi, the owner, is very helpful. She touched base with us just after we made our reservation months ago and after we settled in. She sent us a ton of helpful information about the home and the general area. She has a contact there, Veronica, who assisted us in every way possible. From renting a vehicle, rides to and from the airport. Monika, the housekeeper, quietly comes in and does her work. The gardeners were there almost daily keeping everything in tip top shape. Everyone was pleasant and accommodating. This is a wonderful place, close to everything, yet quiet and peaceful. We highly recommend this wonderful getaway. The people of Ajijic are ever so pleasant. Lots of amazing places to eat and to shop.

  • Submitted: Oct 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hola Virginia & Harlan, Thank you for taking the time to submit a review. Our staff in Ajijic loves receiving the kudos that Veronica translates for them. OK. I love receiving them too (LOL). As a fellow Californian, we know that our state, like the state of Jalisco, has a very different vibe as you traverse it. I happen to believe, and many of our guests agree, that the Lake Chapala area is the very best part of the state and of the country. Take a look at your 2017 schedule and book a return trip to Rio Nazas #34 very soon. Our returning guests are always given booking priority. Que tenga un buen fin de semana. Mimi JJ
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Rested, Relaxed and Delighted

  • 5 of 5

We just returned from a most wonderful week in Ajijic. Though it was our first trip to the Lake Chapala area of Mexico, it will definitely not be our last. We are looking to retire somewhere south of the border and wanted to see what Ajijic had to offer. The property far exceeded our expectations and served as the perfect base for our exploration of the area.

The house is spacious, comfortable and lovely. It was perfect for just the two of us yet could easily accommodate two couples or an extended family with 3 bedrooms, 4 baths and two comfortable couches.

The outdoor space at this property is incredible, with 3 covered terraces overlooking the pool, gardens, lake and mountains. The pool was perfect - warm, clean and very welcoming - and big enough for laps if you are so inclined. The garden and grounds were simply amazing. The many different fruit-bearing trees, plants, herbs, bushes and flowers hosted a most diverse population of birds, butterflies and critters. The highlights for us included at least 5 types of hummingbirds, a gorgeous array of butterflies and a small herd of very friendly goats in the lot next door.

The garden is kept up magnificently by Juan and his wife, Raquel, who visited each morning to make sure all was perfect. Inside, the house was spotless upon our arrival and kept that way throughout the week by the efficient and unobtrusive Monica.

Each morning we enjoyed the colorful sunrise over the mountains and lake along with our coffee. In the evenings we were entertained by the birds and butterflies as we took in the view from the terrace with a glass of wine before venturing out for dinner in town.

About the's picturesque, quaint and quiet this time of year and full of old school Mexican charm. Almost every person we passed on the street or malecon greeted us with a friendly "hola" or "Buenos Dias". We felt welcome wherever we went, from the local Wednesday market in town to the French patisserie just down the hill and came away with the impression that the locals don't just tolerate outsiders, they seem to want you to stay around for a bit, or even longer. It's no wonder the expat community has thrived here.

It would be easy to go on, but I'll sum it up with this conclusion...when you want a break from the crazy, busy stress of everyday life, check out this property. The house, the setting, the gardens, the view, the town and surrounding area will leave you relaxed and restored.

  • Submitted: Sep 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Lorinda, Thank you for providing such wonderful feedback about your stay at Rio Nazas #34 and about the wonderful little town of Ajijic. Your sense of being welcome in the community is shared by many of our guests, and I certainly feel it every time I visit. Ajijic is a special place -- an authentic place -- and Rio Nazas #34 is a serene and carefree location to rest your body and mind. Veronica will share your kind remarks with the Rio Nazas staff. They are always grateful to receive them. Thanks for being our guest(s) -- and come back soon. Hasta pronto. Mimi JJ
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Ajijic Tango
Lake Chapala
Adelita Bar & Grill
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

Rancho del Oro Villa Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Apr 1 2017 - Sep 30 2017
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest
Apr 1 2018 - Sep 30 2018
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $59
online booking $25

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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