Whether in Guadalajara on business or pleasure — or maybe a bit of both — visitors enjoy a wide range of options if they wish to rent an accommodation. Renting can provide a more economic, authentic and homey alternative than staying in a hotel, whether you’re only in town for a few days or an entire year.
It’s possible to find a property to suit virtually any aesthetic, with real estate choices including everything from slick, modern apartments to large, colonial-era houses.
Short Stays in Guadalajara
While most real estate agencies in Guadalajara do not offer leases of less than a month, one company is aimed specifically at those looking for a shorter-term option. Founded in 1972, Suites Lila offers spacious two-bedroom residential suites for 1,000 pesos ($76 US) per night, 12,500 pesos ($947) for 15 days or 20,000 pesos ($1,515) for a month.
Situated in a nice area of the city, not far from the iconic Minerva fountain, the suites include a master bedroom with king-size bed, second bedroom with two single beds, a dining room that seats six people, a fully equipped kitchen, a living room with a fireplace and cable TV, a garage, a dry cleaning service, a security service and access to a swimming pool. For those unable to leave their laptops at home, there is high-speed wireless Internet access.
Because most of its clients are foreigners, a Suites Lila representative said English-speaking staff are always available to answer questions and offer assistance when needed.
Elsewhere, Viva Street offers extensive listings for housing and holiday rentals. Options range from a fully furnished apartment with refrigerator, microwave, Wi-Fi and cable TV for just 2,450 pesos ($186 US) per week or a luxury house for 12,000 ($912 US) per week.
For the Longer Haul
For longer-term stays, Guadalajara-based real estate company Super Renta lists a number of houses ranging from a three-bedroom semi-detached property in the suburb of Tonala for 3,900 pesos ($296 US) per month to a luxury five-bedroom house in Guadalajara’s trendy Americana neighborhood for 80,000 pesos ($6,080 US) per month.
A nice mid-range option is a three-bedroom home in the charming Chapalita neighborhood for 18,850 pesos ($1,433 US) per month. More security-conscious visitors may prefer to stay in a gated neighborhood, such as the Valle Real complex in Zapopan, where you can rent a fully furnished two-bedroom house complete with terrace and swimming pool for 23,000 pesos ($1,748 US) per month.
One caveat: Super Renta staff said the company only leases properties for a minimum period of one year.
Other real estate websites such as Comparto Depa and Trovit feature a wide range of houses, apartments and rooms for rent in Guadalajara. Many of these are negotiated directly with the landlord rather than through estate agents.
Another option is to rent in the Lake Chapala area. An hour’s drive from Guadalajara, with a year-round springtime climate, Chapala is Mexico’s largest lake and a haven for expats.
Home to thousands of American and Canadian retirees, the lakeside towns of Chapala and nearby Ajijic have everything you need to feel at home. Many retirees are “snowbirds” who stay throughout the winter and rent out their homes during the summer months.
Ajijic Rentals and Management offers the largest listing of rentals in the Chapala area, with prices ranging from $450 to $3,200 US per month, while Mexico Guru provides a host of information on “monthly, weekly and yearly rentals, bed and breakfasts, bungalows, villas, condos, casitas and apartments for rent or lease, furnished and unfurnished.”