The architecture in Chapala and Ajijic differs depending on when a certain construction was made. This area started as a fishing village so you could still find adobe constructions here. Not that you would want to buy one, but you can certainly find one. You can also find the regular colonial buildings, which are stucco and brick. You will also find a lot of things that were built in the 1970s.
One good example of that would be in La Floresta. As the village started developing towards the west, you would find things that were built in the 80s. There are a few condos there that are 80s style. Then there was a boom in the 1990s and built things in the style of Frank Lloyd Wright. So the types of architecture here in Chapala and Ajijic vary between minimalistic to classical-colonial, American style, etc. However, most of the things that are already built have a Mexican sense to them, either in the arches or in the copulas, or the boveda ceilings since these things tend to make the temperature much better.
When you walk through the streets here in Ajijic, you would probably see a lot of walls and you would have no idea what’s going on behind those walls. There actually tours here in Ajijic that are called “Behind Walls.” If you trust just yourself and just check out the types of architecture here you won’t probably be able to see much because this is a place where you really need to go through that street wall in order to see what’s going on behind it. Since the streets and sidewalks in Ajijic are small and narrow, people need to get their privacy by building high walls right up against the sidewalk. If you want to see architecture, you have to ask your friends to show you their houses or you could meet with a real estate agent who could show you the houses from the inside in order to be able to have a clear idea of what you want to buy.
There are gated communities and developments that are a little bit more conspicuous and you would see more of what’s going on with the architecture just by standing on the outside. In Mision de Lago, for example, you could pretty much see what’s going on inside there because as a development, instead of a big wall, they have condos on the outside and you could see the construction, more or less. To really have a real feel of what’s going on here, you would need somebody to lead you into the real deal and open the doors for you.
(High walls of a house in Ajijic village, Mexico, pictured.)