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A peek into Cuba's housing facilities

Last updated on: March 30, 2013 09:35 IST

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Cuba has an eclectic mix of colonial and Art Deco homes, apartment complexes and impoverished buildings.

 

In November 2011, the government decreed that Cubans could buy and sell homes for the first time since the early days of the revolution, paving the way for a real estate market that has become an exercise in bare-knuckled capitalism.

Havana was once considered an architectural jewel with an eclectic mix of colonial homes and modern Art Deco construction, but much of the city outside the touristy old Havana district is in a dilapidated state after decades of neglect and corrosion from humidity and salty sea air. 

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People walk beside a house in Havana's Miramar prime real estate area.

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People stand at the entrance of their colonial-style houses in Havana's prime real estate area of the "The Malecon" seafront boulevard.

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A woman stands at the entrance of her home on sale for $5,000, in Havana's Vedado area.

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A health worker fumigates inside a home in Havana.

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Enrique Rodriguez, 67, sits inside his home in Havana.

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Migrant laborer Osleidis (C) and his neighbours work on the final details of his new home built on a piece of fallow state-owned land on the outskirts of Havana.

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A man holds a pig on a leash while sitting outside his home in Santiago de Cuba.

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Jose Ramirez stands in front of his house that he is asking $55,000 for, in the city of Ciego de Avila, central Cuba.

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Men build a new home beside an old palm-tree wood house at a farm in the village of Campo Florido, 40 kilometres (18 miles) from Havana.

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A woman carries a ventilator outside her house as Hurricane Ike approaches in Playa Giron on the south coast of Cuba. 

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A woman stands on the balcony of her house, which is located along the block-long painting known as "Callejon de Hamel" (Hamel street) in Centro Havana.

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Meple, a psychologist and university professor, walks down the staircase as his seven-month old daughter Africa takes a nap on a mat on the floor at their home in the Cerro neighborhood in Havana. 

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Juan Carlos Flores, a poet and performance artist, lights a cigarette in the kitchen of his apartment in Alamar. 

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Film historian Zoia Barash, 72, drinks a cup of tea in her apartment in Havana. 

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