PHOTO: Helen and Craig Seitam at their renovated house at 64 Alma St, Paddington, which is now for sale. Photographer: Liam Kidston. Source: News Limited

WHEN Helen and Craig Seitam migrated north from Sydney, they set their hearts on living in Brisbane’s quaint inner-city suburb of Paddington.

But it was far from love at first sight when they came across a rundown 1920s cottage at 64 Alma Street.

“This was a shocker of a house,” Mr Seitam said.

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“The irony is, it was so bad it turned us off buying a house two doors up.

“We thought, we can’t live near this thing because it looked so horrible.”