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You could be living rent-free for one year in a luxury Portland 88 'smart' apartment on Belfast's Ormeau Road

Modern life happens at a frantic pace and Barnett Developments, the team behind Belfast's innovative Portland 88, have created homes that work smarter to save their busy residents time

The ultra-modern Portland 88 development on Belfast’s Ormeau Road
The ultra-modern Portland 88 development on Belfast’s Ormeau Road

They are Northern Ireland's 'smartest' homes - a first of their kind in Ireland - harnessing cutting-edge 'smart' technology which allows residents to streamline their lives.

And now, the £19m development introduced by Barnett Developments on Belfast's Ormeau Road is offering one of our readers the unbelievable opportunity to live in one of these fabulous apartments, RENT FREE for a full 12 months!

This amazing prize is worth in excess of £15,000! And if that's not enough, the new owner will also win a Chain Reaction bicycle worth over £700 - perfect for city living!

But that's not all - two lucky runners up will also walk away with £1,000 each! Enter now at

But what is a 'smart' apartment?

Portland 88 apartments come with the option of the Loxone Home Intelligence System, which allows the owner to control all electrical appliances including heating, lighting and a whole host of other gadgets, all from a smartphone, anywhere in the world.

"We have placed great emphasis in ensuring that the technology is a choice the homeowner or resident makes - they can integrate as many or few of the features on offer as they wish - making it completely bespoke to each individual's needs. It is also totally user-friendly, which will completely enhance modern living," says Nick Barnett, CEO of Barnett Developments.

It allows the homeowner to completely customise their home to integrate time and labour-saving technology, all at the touch of a smartphone.

The user can see what is going on in the home remotely and who is in right now.

Check if you left lights on (and then switch them off) and prepare the house for your arrival, without using a dedicated app or pausing the conversation with your friends.

Activate a coffee machine to have your tea or coffee ready for when you wake up or arrive at home.

Have your blinds open or closed at a time suitable to you. Activate your washing machine/drier, saving you time and energy. It can also activate and deactivate your house alarm.

Amazon Echo: your own personal assistant

Each apartment comes with an Amazon Echo as standard. Amazon Echo connects to Alexa (a cloud-based voice service) to play music, make calls, set alarms, answer questions, check your calendar, get weather/traffic reports, check the latest sports scores, manage to-do/shopping lists, control compatible smart home devices, and more.

Alexa can also work alongside Loxone to control the apartment's 'smart' lights, switches, TVs, thermostats, white goods, blinds and more.

You've got mail: meet the Bringme Box system

Residents at Portland 88 also need never face the hassle of organising or missing a delivery again! The stunning lobby features the Bringme smart mail and package delivery box which acts as your own personal post office, enabling you to receive, return, send, hand over and exchanges parcels, packages and letters 24/7 and without you being there in person.

Secure and private, the Bringme system is the perfect way to send back your unwanted parcels, leave a key for your mum or partner, or to avoid missing a delivery when you're at work.

At your service: meet the concierge

Portland 88 also has the added bonus of a uniformed concierge service, catering to the needs and demands of the residents. The concierge will be on call to welcome guests, help with enquiries, liaise with delivery and maintenance services and generally assist residents with their needs.

Your chance to win: what are you waiting for?

Does this sound right up your street? For your chance to live rent-free in Portland 88 for one year, enter our competition now at

When the competition closes on July 22, 2019, three finalists will be chosen and invited to our live final on Sunday, July 28, 2019, where our winner and runners-up will be decided.

Full terms and conditions apply and can be found online at

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