I recently read a really nteresting book called The Unknown Warriors which is a collection of memories of the war from scores of WW2 veterans and also what they think of the UK now, not much by the sounds of it!
What is interesting is that quite a few veterans say what housing was like when they got back from 5 long years serving the country. As you can imagine, with huge amounts of housing damaged in the blitz, it was a pretty dire situation until the country could start building new homes for all the young people returning. They lived in one room with their families etc and some really struggled to get on their feet. Some even came back to find their family homes were a pile of rubble, imagine that after you have just spent 5 years in a POW camp.
In my own experience I can never ever recall my relatives from that generation mention anything about the value of their houses, perhaps they were just thankful they had a roof over their heads. From what I remember my granps bought his first house before the war 3 bed semi for £500 on one wage when he was about 26, anyone else got any examples of their family/friends from that era and their housing?