@MrsPramm - You never know. As long as you don't intend to build the house you can sometimes come across some bargains, particularly as traditional houses have been around for long enough to fall into disrepair and need someone to buy them cheap and fix them up.
On the other hand, it can often work out cheaper to just build a new house, but I'd hate to demolish something with real promise and history. Not to mention that's really wasteful in terms of materials.
It's all very subjective and depends on the area and what you want out of it. But, I do think it's possible in some places for the average person to afford their dream home, even if it is a traditional style house.