There ARE wonderful places to live in Riberas, and yes, it covers a pretty large area
I live in Upper Riberas near the churches and Maskaras Clinic. We have great internet/phone service--Infinitum--great water pressure--I live a block from the new well, and our ground grows nice green grass. When I water it is absorbed and everything turns green. The cobblestone streets are in pretty good condition, too.
If you have trouble with the ground not absorbing water when you water, maybe a few truckloads of top soil would help.
We live in a quiet neighborhood. We are far enough away from Chapala and Ajijic that we usually don't hear the boomers going off. I wouldn't want to live anywhere else!