Penthouse Condo in desired Providencia, Guadalajara neighborhood
Eigentumswohnung • Guadalajara Mexico
Aufgeführt June 2021
We live in an upper middle class neighborhood in Guadalajara with walking access to the largest city park (Colomos), the tram line (very inexpensive and easy to get to centro using this), lots of restaurants, trees, and whatever you may need. Guadalajara is a vibrant, safe city with many things to see and do. Ubers and taxis are very inexpensive as are your dining options. Guadalajara is rarely ever under 70F during the day and usually in the 75-84F temperature. Rainy season is June through October but it almost always rains in the evening or at night and is dry and sunny the next morning. As we are at 5,000 feet elevation, the weather is ideal without getting too hot. Our neighborhood is very safe and our condo complex is small but secure as is our place. It's a wonderful base for exploring the city and surroundings.
Our condo is a 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath space on the top floor (6) of our building. It faces the east with a direct view of the mountain as well as the city (nice city lights at night). We have queen beds in two of the bedrooms and the third is used as a yoga and weight room.
We have air conditioning in all three bedrooms as well as the living room area (with heat too) but we have never used them because the weather and it's morning only sun keeps the apartment at an ideal temperature in the day and nights tend to cool down fine.
Any place in a large Mexican city is noisy but we are on a dead-end road with no traffic and so road noise is further away and not a bother at all. Some dogs bark at times but with some music or TV on, we don't hear them. There is one catch. There is a disco not too far away and while we don't get their music at all, we get their deep base beat. They only operate 3 nights a week (Thu-Sat) but run from 10:30pm to almost 4am. We were so dismayed when we first discovered this but did some research and found a simple app that we downloaded to our phones called "myNoise" and run an ocean set from our small Bose speaker next to the bed and it wipes out the bass and we sleep just fine. We leave the speaker for guests but need to just be clear that happens as we don't want that to be a surprise in an exchange. Otherwise, it is a quiet space and we only have one adjacent wall to another condo and we do not hear her at all. We have never heard anyone else in the building from inside.
But we have two TVs that are equipped with both Firestick and movies on a hard drive should you want to watch anything in English. The flow of the condo is very nice and the bedrooms are separated and each has their own on-suite bathroom. There is also a half bath by the kitchen.
We are on the sixth floor (top) and there is an elevator. There is a parking garage and the keys come with a FOB to open and close them should you be driving. If you walk in through the locked from gate, there are two stairs that must be negotiated. If that is a concern, elevator access from the parking garage is level. There is a a security guard at the front of the building but you can come and go with the keys; no need to check in.
If you are an active traveler, Guadalajara offers up some good opportunities. If you've never been to Mexico, this is the second largest city in Mexico. It's also where most of the universities are and there are some very upscale areas, some historic areas, middle class areas and poorer areas.
Things to see/do:
1. Centro Historico area. You can spend one or two days exploring this part of town. It will look very European; buildings from the 1600s with large walkable spaces and lots to see and do. Museums, art, statues, parks, restaurants, etc.
2. Chapultapec. This is a street that has a lot of activity going. There is a center walkway and lots of restaurants and shops out at the street level.
3. Tlaquepaque. This is a wonderful Mexican experience. There is a walking streets with lots of interesting sculptures along the way, tons of art and restaurants.
4. Tequila. The birthplace of tequila, this is a charming small town with a LOT of tequila distilleries around. This would make a good day trip tour. It's about 30 miles away. The village is worth exploring and every distillery has taste testing.
5. Seattle neighborhood is about a 20 minute walk to the North and has a nice walking path along this neighborhood of the old traditional cobble streets. There are a lot of great small restaurants and coffee places here.
6. Parque de Colomos. Colomos park is quite large and has a myriad of walking paths (both paved and not). There is a Japanese Garden there and a lovely area in the trees with a lake. You can also do a horse ride in the park among their own trails. We are just a short 15 minute walk from the entrance.
7. Zoo and Aquarium. The Zoo is actually quite lovely and the animals are well kept. One of the better zoos I've been to (and usually not very crowded). They even have ski trolleys to take you through as well as electric carts or walking. The Aquarium is also quite large and nice.
8. Baranca de Heuntitan. There is a huge canyon about 40 minutes to the North from our place and there are hiking trails all the way to the bottom. It's a huge and amazing forested area. The trails are tough though as they descent around 2-3 thousand feet to the river and then you have to go back up. If you are really up for an adventure there is an old funicular track that people hike up (it's so steep you'll be using your hands to help). You can experience a piece of it and get back on the trail too as it switchbacks next to the funicular often.
9. Guachuimotones Pyramids. This is a small ancient pyramid site about 30 miles from us. These are some of the only round pyramids on the planet. They have a nice cultural center at the start of it. You could combine this with a visit to Tequila as they are both close by.
10. Zapopan is just one tram stop further west and has a lovely walking area bookended by the Cathedral and the large entrance arch. There are dozens of restaurants along this area.
And that's just a sampling of places. There are interesting street tanjis (street markets), odd churches, large parks, Mexican crafts in Tonola, etc.
Hoch Geschwindigkeits Internet
Garten / Hof
Deck / Patio / Hof / Terrasse
Sport und Freizeit
Schritt freien Zugang
Zugänglicher Zugang zur Küche
Für Säuglinge unter 2 Jahren nicht geeignet
Für Kinder zwischen 2 und 12 Jahren nicht geeignet
Haustiere nicht erlaubt
Frei von Duftstoffen
We are in a middle to upper-class neighborhood that has a lot of mature trees that make it very walkable. There is a very nice large grocery store just a 6 minute walk and we have a wheel cart to make it easy if you don't use a car. Behind the store is a shopping mall with many amenities. To our North is the Seattle neighborhood with lots of small personal restaurants. To the South there is another nice walking path with trees overhead that leads to more restaurants and parks. We are a neighborhood walk of only about 15-20 minutes to the entrance to Colomos park and there you will feel in a forest, with miles of paved and unpaved paths and things to see. Everywhere here is very safe for walking; even in the evening.
Zu mir nach Hause kommen
We have a private driver that we can arrange to pick you up at the airport and take you right to our place. We use him for all of our travel trips to//from the airport. After that, it is very easy and inexpensive to take an Uber to where you want to go. A 20 minute ride is between $3-5USD. Getting from the airport to our place is $200 by our private driver.
The airport is located in the Southern part of the city and is a roughly a 30-45 minute drive to get there depending on traffic.
You can walk for groceries, restaurants and anything you need right from the apartment. The tram line (which is just beyond the grocery store) only costs 10 pesos and you can take this right to the centro historico area or the Zapopan area (among others). Beyond this neighborhood, the easiest way is through Uber or Taxi (we have a small station with taxis about 4 blocks down the road). You can be adventurous and take the buses; they are extremely cheap and easy to use but they can be packed at certain times of the day so beware. Uber and taxi costs are very low compared with most of the world I've been in. But most places you get to are very walkable. There are lots of sidewalks, open spaces for walking, etc.
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If we are in town, we can certainly meet, offer up itinerary help/advice for the local area. I have literally bicycyled every single road in Guadalajara (a pet 3-year project) so I know the entire city well.
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We are Ed and Jeanne. We retired early from the USA and lived in Southern Spain for four years before moving to Guadalajara, Mexico several years ago. We are non-smoking travel lovers that have been enjoying our city and places we love to explore. We also are dog lovers without a dog so we have done a lot of dog and house sitting for friends and others over the years. We did a number of house exchanges when we were in Europe. We have met so many lovely people around the world and stay in touch with a lot of them still.