Friday, June 2, 2017

House for Rent in the Raquet Club

I went with Steve today to look at the house for rent that you are interested in.  Steve said that there aren't that many available and he has a waiting list for any that come up.

This particular house has:
  • 2 bedrooms & 2 bathrooms (the master has a real king-size bed, a large walk-in closet, and a large bathroom with a full bath and separate shower / the guest bedroom has a king-size bed -- 2 twins pushed together, and an en-suite bath).
  • Separate room for an office
  • No social bath
  • Living room with "white" sofa.  Fireplace has a gas insert (somewhere).  No TV.
  • Dining room with nice dining room set
  • Kitchen with Maytag dishwasher & a built-in microwave.  Island has cook-top with oven.  Refrigerator has side-by-side doors.  And there is a large pantry.  There are a lot of cupboards in the kitchen.
  • Laundry room has GE washer & Whirlpool dryer (both look old)
  • Bonus room has a lot of space with comfortable furniture and walls of windows that open up.
  • Casita is located downstairs in the garden area.  It has 1 bedroom (double-size bed); small kitchen, dining area, and living room.  You can sublet it for about $500 a month.
  • From the garage to the house, there are about 9 steps.  From the sidewalk entry to the front door, there are no steps.
  • There are no fruit trees
  • It has a large covered patio with lots of furniture and nice views of the mountains and the lake
  • There is no water filtration system, so you would need to have bottled water delivered weekly (cost about $1 for a 5 gal. bottle -- that is what we do).
  • You can't flush the toilet paper (nowhere can you do that in the Lake Chapala area)
  • There are ceiling fans throughout the house and boveda ceilings (very nice), plus there are some skylights.
  • You would pay for your rent, plus for gas & electricity -- everything else is included.
  • You would need to pay a deposit of $1,200 to hold it as there are others interested in this home also.
Here are the pictures (you can click on them to enlarge them):

You can enter the home from the street gate which is a level pathway to the front door.

Looking from the front door to the street gate
 Or you can enter the house from the garage.  The path has steps and leads to the bonus room, where you'll go through the laundry room to the kitchen.

From the garage
along this path to the bonus room
You could avoid the steps by walking along the sidewalk from the garage gate to the main gate (see first photo)

This is the phone in your home (and in the casita) that rings when someone is at the main gate.

So you don't have to walk to the gate to open it
Throughout the home are tile floors, boveda ceilings, and ceiling fans.

When you enter through the front door, you are actually in the middle of the home -- you could go left or right.  If you go right, you'll see the dining room, kitchen, laundry room, bonus room, guest bedroom, and office.  If you go left, you'll see the master bedroom.  The patio runs the length of the home and is accessed through many doors.

Dining Room
These are the kitchen photos

Off the kitchen is the laundry room:



Hot water tank (propane tank is outside)
From the laundry room, you go into the bonus room, which was an addition to the home:

Here is the patio that runs from the bonus room to the master bedroom at the other end of the house:

Here are views from the home (keep in mind that we are having hazy skies right now but they'll clear up once the rains start).  The property backs up to Indian land, which can never be built on.

From the garage

Also to the right of the front door and just off the kitchen to the right are the two bedrooms (one is a second master bedroom, and the other can be used as an office).

 Guest bedroom w/bathroom

Shower controls are at the front of the shower

  Master bedroom & bathroom

View from master bedroom

Large walk-in closet

Now we'll see the casita, which is down these stairs:

Entrance from the path

Boveda ceiling & ceiling fan

Separate bedroom (double-size bed)


Living room, kitchen & dinette area

From what Steve says, it's not hard to keep this casita rented (it is vacant right now though).

There is no pool on the property and Steve says that there aren't many private pools in the Raquet Club.

Hope this information is helpful to you. 

Friday, May 19, 2017

Dinner at The Brew House

We recently had dinner with other alumni of the Focus on Mexico program.  This group was hosted by Debbie Reynolds.  We met a lot of people who have attended the program in the past and who have moved to the Lake Chapala area, just like us.

Here's a picture of the group:

Mike with Bill Reynolds (Debbie's husband) -- cute couple!
These Focus on Mexico dinners are held monthly -- looking forward to the next one.  This was the first time that we were able to go.  We've been here almost two months now and are close to getting our residency card, driver's licenses, and then a car.

After that, we'll be able to get more into a routine with our fitness goals.  We have yet to use the beautiful pool here at the Raquet Club and are looking forward to using it soon.

May is not the month to visit here.  It is hot and, for some reason, very smoky.  We're looking forward to the rains starting some time in June.