INTELLIGENT LIVING IN BELFAST
Plush new Belfast apartments thought to be the ‘smartest’ homes in Northern Ireland. Stephanie Bell reports...
COULD these new cutting edge city apartments be the smartest homes in Northern Ireland?
The developers behind Portland 88 certainly think so and with almost every appliance operated remotely by you from your phone the technology certainly is stateof-the-art.
Barnett Developments set out to simplify and streamline everyday life for residents with it’s hi tech Smart Home Intelligence System.
The new £18 million Portland 88 is now approaching phase three which is due for completion by December.
Harnessing the absolute latest in ‘smart’ technology, the apartments will allow the owner to control heating and lighting, and other appliances, all from a Smartphone, from anywhere in the world.
These beautiful turnkey homes come with options to integrate controls with the Fibaro® Home Intelligence System, Bringme® smart mail and package deliver box, an Amazon Echo® with an Alexa® virtual personal assistant.
Speaking at the opening of the show home, Nick Barnett, CEO of Barnett Developments said: “We have been truly overwhelmed by the interest in the Portland 88 which is a huge show for the return of confidence
and demand in the city centre residential market.
“We have also come to realise that many people don’t know what a ‘smart’ apartment means and are surprised when they see what it can do and how it can improve their lives.
“It is much more than just turning lights on and off remotely. The smart apartment can synchronise your life, recognise your patterns and schedule and generally make life easier, saving you precious time to live, work and play.
Nick adds: “Our smart apartments include remote features for the light switches, blinds, alarm, heating, windows, door locks, sensors throughout the apartment, motion, temperature and ambient light – all of which can be controlled by your Smartphone, anywhere in the world, instantly.
“The Fibaro® Home Intelligence System, and Bringme® smart mail and package delivery box can help streamline your life and increase productivity. Alexa can automate your music choice, set reminders, make calls for you – it is all about making your time more efficient and really simplifying your life.”
The 88 apartments, located over seven storeys, means the development will consist of 10 one-bedroom apartments, 74 two-bedroom apartments and four three-bedroom luxury apartments.
All properties include high-spec luxury fittings, with 51 on-site car parking spaces and a large secure bicycle store for cyclists.
The apartments are a short stroll of less than 15 minutes to City Hall, with easy access to all main arterial routes adjacent to the financial quarter, Ormeau Park, Botanic and Queen’s University.
Nick says: “To date, our purchasers have been a mix of young professionals, couples who work in the city, people relocating to Belfast for work – all with one common interest – to live in a prime location, with the absolute latest in all modern living facilities from smart technology to appliances.
“We have also had purchases and much interest from property investors who can see the potential demand from the rental market.
“We anticipate further strong demand in the remaining properties in our second and third phases.”
A show home is now open allowing interested buyers to try all of the ‘smart’ technology for themselves.
Open viewings are held every Saturday from 10am until 12pm or it can be viewed by appointment through the agent.