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My apologies - you're right, you did say that single storeys were out of most Europeans' reach in their own countries, and I mis-read it as double! Mea culpa!!
Not sure if I agree that Europeans like single storeys more here though - have you seen some of the places the Italians and Greeks build??:D I have just observed generally that people coming from cooler climates seem to prefer to stick with what they know in terms of houses (i.e. two-storey, so they can go "upstairs" to bed!) without perhaps considering the different requirements of a hotter climate.
Certainly sitting in my house today, with doors and windows all open to try and get a breeze through so I don't have to turn the air con on, it was still pretty warm. Glad I wasn't upstairs!!
Sometimes the grass will appear greener on the other side because it has been fertilised by bull****