Man, you want to see housing at its worst? Check out the communist flats in Slovenia and Croatia. I complained about the awful stucco sh*tboxes in places like Phoenix, but damn, you should see the crap the commies built.
What is kinda funny (in a sad way) is that they're painting these concrete housing disasters nice vibrant colors and putting them on the open market - just in time for British investors to buy off the internet sight-unseen, for prices that have no relationship to the pitiful rents that could be earned.
Anyway, I'll sniff around a bit more here in Eastern Europe for what's really going on with housing speculation and report back later.
And so you don't get the wrong impression, Ljubljana and Split once you get to the old towns are amazing, vibrant cities worth visiting. Just gotta get through the communist disasters to get to the good stuff.
Oh, blazing fast internet at my flat in old town Split for the next few weeks so good to go!