With open houses still temporarily prohibited in COVID-19 hotspots — which includes Toronto, Peel, Ottawa, and York Region — in an effort to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus, online open houses are the next best thing.
It’s no secret that Toronto’s real estate market has seen a dramatic shift in how homes are purchased and sold this year due to COVID-19. And while the real estate industry is considered essential, the traditional ways of doing business — in-person showings, open houses, and one-on-ones with agents and potential buyers — are no longer feasible… at least until daily case numbers in local hotspots improve.
As a result, many brokerages have pivoted and are utilizing digital tools to put on online open houses and tours.
If you’ve been thinking about upgrading your current living situation, whether that means you’re on the hunt for more space or perhaps just want to see what’s currently available on the market, join us for a virtual walkthrough of six new listings you can tour from the comfort of your own home
These listings include a spacious converted loft, a single-family detached for under $1 million, and a charming three-bedroom in Cabbagetown.
For all of the chosen properties, there are multiple available live stream dates posted on the listing page that you can add directly to your calendar. Just click on the listing and you’ll see a ‘live’ button just above the price, click that and it will shoot you down to a YouTube link where you’ll find the stream.
Specs: 2+1 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, single-family detached home
Asking price: $799,900
Listing agent: Linda Ing-Gilbert, RE/MAX Hallmark Realty Ltd.
Description: Bright and endearing, the two-story detached home is asking $799,900 and is tucked away in the Greenwood-Coxwell neighbourhood — a family-friendly area that’s peppered with breweries, restaurants, and bars. From the cherry red door and the solarium to the gourmet kitchen and walk-out to the deep private backyard, this home has it all for those looking to spend under $1 million, and then some.
Specs: 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, single-family attached home
Asking price: $1,679,000
Listing agent: Richard Silver, Sotheby’s International Realty Canada
Description: If you’ve dreamed of living in a classic Victorian home, now’s your chance. Located on Cabbagetown’s most photographed street, this beautiful home truly has it all. Here, you’ll find no shortage of traditional Victorian details such as cornice mouldings, stain glass windows, and pendant light fixtures.
Specs: 2+1 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, condo loft
Asking price: $1,575,000
Listing agent: David Patrick Bailey, RE/MAX West Realty
Description: Located on a quaint cobblestone laneway, this converted boutique loft is housed in a former yarn factory. The unit has been extensively upgraded and features the perfect balance of industrial elements and raw materials. Think heated polished concrete floors, soaring 18-foot ceilings, and exposed brick walls. Plus, this unit is perfect for entertaining thanks to the spacious open-concept living and dining area.
Specs: 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, single-family detached
Asking price: $1,998,000
Listing agent: Patrice Ursula Gale Cerp, Sotheby’s International Realty Canada
Description: Featuring beautifully maintained 1920s architecture, millwork, and hardwood floors, this spacious home in Lawrence Park has a charming centre hall entry, rich hardwood floors, a cozy fireplace, a recently renovated kitchen, and a 1,300 sq.ft unfinished basement that presents endless opportunities for future homeowners to get creative.
Specs: 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, condo
Asking price: $769,000
Listing agent: Bette Ursini, RE/MAX Condos Plus Corporation
Description: You’ll be living in the heart of Toronto in this 2-bedroom condo. With over 800 sq ft, this unit has a split-bedroom plan, a kitchen with granite counters, and a balcony that offers enviable views of the CN Tower and Rogers Centre. And if the views alone weren’t impressive enough, the unit also comes with parking and a storage locker, while the building’s amenities are hard to beat and include a 24-hour concierge, a spa with a sauna, access to a gym, party room, and rooftop deck.
Specs: 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, detached bungalow
Asking price: $999,000
Listing agent: Nelson Antonio Campos, Sutton Group Realty
Description: Perfect for a young couple, this extensively renovated bungalow is bright and homey and comes with new flooring, a modern kitchen, and has spacious bedrooms. However, the big selling point is the deep backyard that’s filled with fruit trees and is perfect for entertaining. Plus, it’s steps to transit and the future Eglinton LRT.