unless you really need a huge f'ing house
The sizes of the houses are ginormous in comparison to Ireland. When i go back and see the bungalows it is most obvious.
But you don't have to buy a huge house.
an illusion of peace and quiet
I have peace and quite where I live, beside a huge forest, up the Beskidy mountains.
Too much actually, I am a city boy, the country life is not for me full time, I am planning on moving.
the daily traffic grind which is brutal, absolutely brutal,
I have yet to talk to people who do not complain about traffic anywhere.
the lack of ANY nearby amenities and everything requires a long ass drive
Again, I don't have this problem at all, everything is near where I live 35km south of Krakow. And there are many other places like the town I live in around Krakow.
Thats why I see gated communities are becoming really popular nowadays.
I think this is where we differ, I was talking about living in towns 35Km around Krakow (I should have said).
These estates with gates are growing up all over the place, with little to no infrastructure and amenities.
I would not call them ''gated communities'' even though you have a point because it reminds me of south Africa or Jamica, where this term means something very different.
It does seem low, but growing rapidly.
Any more recent figures? that's 2007 and things have changed. I have been looking for it myself but can't find anything up to date.
But it does show the past trend and the new one.
traditional Polish 'take a year of doing it on saturdays and really **** the neighbours off' routine.
This annoys the hell out of me.
So you have just bought a flat, you finish but other people haven't. For the next year, the hallways, lifts and all common areas get destroyed from all builders banging everything off all the walls (I believe it is mandatory), the constant sound of drilling, hammering, dragging, the chaos is enough to drive you up the wall.