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The McCormack family, Mick and Kelly with children, Ruby, 4 Ava, 2 and Lachlan (11 weeks) outside their home at 27 Main Ave Wilston. Picture: Mark Cranitch.MAYBE it’s the convenience of having Wilston Village just around the corner.Maybe it’s the friendly neighbours, the wide, welcoming street or the walking distance to schools.Whatever it is, there’s something about Main Avenue in the usually tightly-held, inner northern suburb of Wilston that’s whipping up a buying frenzy.One agent in the area has sold four homes in the street in just the past four months – all for over $1 million.Garry Jones of McGrath Estate Agents said there had been a surge of interest in the street since Spring.“Wilston Village is literally at the end of the street and it’s walking distance to local schools, which is a huge drawcard for the Wilston catchment,” he said.“It’s a bit of a coincidence, but it’s not uncommon when one property has sold for a great result for it to generate further activity in a street. “It becomes a hotspot of attention and other local property owners often capitalise on the momentum.” GET THE LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX HERE One of those property owners is Kelly McCormack, who admits she and her husband are reluctant to say goodbye to their home at 27 Main Avenue after five years.The four bedroom, two-storey Queenslander was snapped up just six days after listing.The house was originally put up for auction early last year but didn’t attract anywhere near the same level of interest.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this homeless than 1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor7 hours ago“We only had two open homes before it sold and 34 couples came for the first one,” she said. “The area seems to be really hot and lots of people are trying to get into it.”Marian Thomas says she will also miss living in the street.“It’s a beautiful wide street and it’s handy, so close to everything,” she said.“We had the best neighbours.“I reckon people only leave because of work or lifestyle commitments.”She recently sold her five bedroom house at 30 Main Avenue for $1.75 million as she and her family are moving interstate.“We’d just come to a point in our lives when it was time to move on,” she said.Mr Jones said there had been a lot of interest from buyers in Sydney and Melbourne.“Brisbane represents much better value for long-term family lifestyles,” he said.
West Ham manager Sam Allardyce believes filling your home ground is paramount to Premier League clubs – with the Hammers announcing their new season-ticket structure ahead of the move to the Olympic Stadium. Press Association And Allardyce believes performing in front of a sold-out crowd is something that should not go unappreciated as the other 19 Premier League clubs are now being pushed to follow West Ham’s lead. “The most important thing at a football club is to fill the stadium,” he said. “I think filling the stadium is the ultimate for the success of the team. Obviously it’s not from a revenue base like it used to be. “The revenue base for a football club used to be the sustainability of the football club in my years before the Premier League and before Sky made it a worldwide brand. “It’s about creating the atmosphere in a stadium that thrills not only the fans there enjoying the atmosphere, but the players who respond to that “To make sure everywhere you go in the Premier League maintains a high level of attendance and selling out your stadium has to be the ultimate goal for any Premier League football club, for me. “What we’ve announced has to be the best piece of business, for me, seen in the Premier League for a long, long time. “Hopefully everybody at West Ham football club, particularly the fan, will come and enjoy, as Karren says, a fantastic facility for less. That will only encourage future young West Ham supporters to be West Ham supporters.” Karren Brady, vice-chairman of West Ham, announced during the week that the club would be making significant cuts to their current pricing as the move is being offset against increased television revenue. The cheapest season ticket at Upton Park is £620 but there will be £289 seats on offer from the 2016/17 season – the club’s first in the 54,000-seater Olympic Stadium.