Huggable Security

Now that our penthouse is sold, another couple can enjoy the breathtaking views over Big and Little Sand Lake, with walking distance to Restaurant Row. We hope they will be very happy there. As for Cathleen, myself, and our “huggable security,” our Shep, we have built an amazing new home with all the features that a big dog needs, including a lakefront yard with enough space to run and play.

Our new property provides our dog with exactly what he wants, but we also thought about our own needs as well. We are very happy to now live in a more tranquil area with countryside like atmosphere.

The city of Orlando has so many lovely real estate options, and when compared to the infrastructure and amenities of other locations of the world, the prices here are incredibly reasonable.

We often find ourselves astonished when we watch HGTV’s House Hunters International because home prices, even in remote corners of the world, are at an unbelievable high. A luxury house in Vietnam is priced at $400 per square foot, a 600 square foot apartment in Paris sells for over $1 million, and a 1000 square foot shack in Hawaii can cost more than $500,000, not to mention homes in New York City, Los Angeles or San Francisco.

Fortunately, the Orlando area currently has homes that are at a great value, and anyone who is considering purchasing real estate should act fast while prices are still low!

Because we at Orlando Style have been thinking a lot about the housing market, we are now providing you with a new feature that will give you direct access to the latest information on great property values. Be sure that you are signed up ( to receive our ‘NEWSTOME’ emails; this is your opportunity to hear about the latest trends and local events as well.

We have even improved our schedule for our subscribers! From now on, you will receive Orlando Style Magazine even sooner than before, and we would love to hear your feedback.

Once again, the holiday season is upon us, and this is the perfect time to give what we can to those in need. I encourage you all to give to someone less fortunate or support a charitable organization to help a worthy cause.

This Holiday Issue is full of amazing gift ideas for all of the loved ones on your list, including incredible shopping deals and offers! You’ll find everything to get you in the holiday spirit this year.

This is also the time of year when Cathleen and I want to thank everyone who plays a role in making our magazine the premiere luxury lifestyle publication in our region. We could not do it without the support of our fantastic advertisers, so please support them as much as you can. We give a big, heartfelt Thank You to our wonderful, loyal readers and subscribers. The soul of this publication is the result of the fine work of our dedicated team and contributors. To all of you, we cannot thank you enough. We anticipate great things ahead and look forward to the coming year.

From all of us here at Orlando Style, we would like to wish every one of you and your family a very happy holiday, filled with joy at Christmas and a wonderful New Year!

Shanah Tovah, Bonne Année, Gutes Neues Jahr, Akemashite Omedetou Gozaimasu, Antum Salimoun, Feliz Año Nuevo, Buon Capo d’Anno, Naye Varsha Ki Shubhkamanyen … and to all, a Peaceful and Happy New Year!



Sven J. Bode, Publisher