Warsaw is slightly different. There's the urban center and it spreads away to neighborhoods, which are mostly residential. These neighborhoods are mostly blocks of apartments, but there are some places where there are houses and no high rises. While there exist gigantic box stores like Tesco and Leclerc, most monstrous stores are safely integrated into the malls.
When I was teaching in Bialoleka, I was surprised at how quickly the city gave way to semi-countryside and farms. To the south, the city abruptly ends at Kabaty, but continues sporadically on the other side. To my shame, I've never really been to the far north or Warsaw, but I hear tell that it also ends pretty much in the same way at Kabaty.
There are outposts of urbanization beyond the main limits of the city. OS. Patio is mostly just houses and is always growing: a neo-suburbia. But these places have a little more integrity than the postage stamp yards and the endless rows of mcmansions, each with an SUV parked in the driveway. There's no mass exodus (white flight) from the urban centers to the suburban havens. To my knowledge, gated communities have not made their presence felt, nor has the strip mall reared its hideous head.