With open houses still temporarily prohibited in Ontario 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 five listings in Toronto you can tour from the comfort of your own home.

These listings include a two-storey condo in Kensington and Chinatown, a charming brick home located just one block from High Park, and a sleek corner suite in the heart of King West.

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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.

62 Clairton Crescent

W5077572 6 62 Clairton Crescent/Realtor.ca

Specs: 3+1 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, single-family detached home

Asking price: $999,000

Listing agent:Nelson Antonio Campos, Sutton Group Realty

Description: Located on a quiet, family-friendly cul-de-sac in Toronto's Rockcliffe-Smythe neighbourhood, this spacious, 3+1 bedroom home is ideal for a family. Large windows fill the entire home with natural light, while the beautiful kitchen is the perfect spot for the fam to gather. Other highlights include a sunroom, private backyard, finished basement, and a detached garage.

#2301 -224 King Street West

open houses #2301 -224 King Street West/Realtor.ca

Specs: 1+1 bedrooms, 1-bathroom, condo

Asking price: $770,000

Listing agent: Meta Vodopivc, Cityscape Realestate

Description: You'll be living in the heart of King West in this sleek corner suite that boasts enviable panoramic views. The open-concept layout features 625-sq.ft of living space, 9-ft ceilings, and a balcony with a gas hookup for a BBQ. Other notable features include exposed concrete ceilings, new hardwood floors throughout, and a modern kitchen with top of the line stainless steel appliances and quartz countertops.

#609 - 8 Wellesley Street East

open houses #609 -8 Wellesley Street East/ Realtor.ca

Specs: 1-bedroom, 1-bathroom, condo

Asking price: $598,000

Listing agent: Jordan Pal, Kroll Real Estate Ltd. 

Description: Located in The Village and Church and Yonge, this bright and open condo is loaded with great features like an open-concept layout, high ceilings, a modern chef's kitchen with new stainless steel appliances, sleek hardwood and marble floors, floor-to-ceiling windows, a gas fireplace, and a renovated bathroom with a soaker tub. So yeah, you could say this unit checks all the boxes.

#121 -80 Vanauley Street

C4952193 9 #121 -80 Vanauley Street/Reealtor.ca

Specs: 2-bedroom, 3-bathroom, condo

Asking price: $1,150,000

Listing agent: Andi Duong, Century 21 Atria Realty Inc.

Description: Located in Toronto's Kensington and Chinatown neighbourhood, this airy, two-storey suite boasts 1,036-sq.ft of living space that's flooded with natural light. It also comes with a west-facing private garden that has a separate walkout providing access to nearby Queen Street cafes, shops, and restaurants.

2 Indian Grove, High Park

W4866137 1 2 Indian Grove/Realtor.ca

Specs: 4+1 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, single-family detached home

Asking price: $3,565,000

Listing agent: Richard Silver, Sotheby’s International Realty Canada

Description: This charming brick home is located just one block from High Park and has tons of perks, including an exceptional architectural design by John and Patricia Patkau, gorgeous landscaping, and spacious rooms. The home also has modern finishes throughout including teal accents, pops of colour, sculpted steel touches, exposed brick, and sleek hardwood floors. What’s more, thanks to all the windows, natural sunlight pours in throughout the house, making it feel open and bright.

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