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With significant tenure in the upper echelon of Santa Barbara CA real estate professionals as well as among Realtors nationwide, Cristal Clarke offers her discerning clientele a level of experience, personalized service and utmost discretion unsurpassed on California’s Central Coast.

Specializing in distinctive Montecito CA real estate, Cristal excels at ensuring each buyer or seller of luxury property receives optimum financial return on their investment.


  • #1 Individual Agent (in Santa Barbara MLS)
  • Total 2020 sales in excess of $260,000,000
  • Sales across a broad spectrum of home prices ($717,000 - $24,250,000 in 2019)
  • Top 100 Most Influential California Agents
  • Consistently Top Producing Agent (Santa Barbara & Surrounding Areas)
  • Inaugural Member: Montecito Real Estate Masterminds


  • #1 Agent in California for sales volume
  • #1 producing agent worldwide
  • #1 Agent in the U.S. for sales volume
  • Consistently Top 10 Berkshire Hathaway Agent Nationwide
  • Highest listed residential beach sales (2017 & 2019)
  • Chairman’s Circle Diamond Award (Top 1/2 of 1% Nationwide, 2018 & 2019)

As a long-time Montecito resident herself, with considerable business and personal connections, Cristal has her finger continuously on the pulse of the Santa Barbara, Montecito and Hope Ranch real estate markets.

Cristal's Blog

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YOUR GUIDE TO THE PERFECT PLACE TO BASK IN SANTA BARBARA’S BOTANICAL BEAUTY  Everyone knows about Santa Barbara’s beautiful beaches,... [ Read More » ]

Buying or Leasing a Santa Barbara Home: A Guide for the Perplexed

3 KEY QUESTIONS TO ASK As the 2021 Santa Barbara real estate market enters its second half, I find a... [ Read More » ]

Are You a Mid-Century Modern Furniture Fan?

WHERE TO FIND MID-CENTURY IN SANTA BARBARA The enduring popularity of mid-century modern furniture is based on many factors. It... [ Read More » ]

Today’s Top Luxury Real Estate Trends

TIME TO GO BIG AND GO HOME! I love to blog about the latest luxury real estate trends, and I’ve... [ Read More » ]

Santa Barbara 4th of July Celebration 2021: The Big Show is Back!

CELEBRATING SAFELY ON THE AMERICAN RIVIERA There’s a lot to celebrate this Santa Barbara 4th of July now that the... [ Read More » ]

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Cristal Clarke has conducted numerous real estate transactions for me beginning 13 years ago with the purchase of a Lemon Ranch. She has handled both large and small purchases and sales with equal dedication. As a negotiator, you can’t find anyone better. Her transactions are always conducted in the most appropriate and professional manner. Cristal has considerable knowledge of the Santa Barbara market.

S. N. Decker Ph.D.

Living in Europe, we were to say the least, unaccustomed to the nuances of Real Estate acquisition in California and Cristal steered us through the process with absolute professionalism and personal attention to detail at every turn. Her in-depth knowledge of the market place combined with enthusiasm and drive was the only reason we secured the property of our dreams and will be forever grateful. If you are looking for personal discrete and private representation of the highest quality we suggest you look no further than Cristal Clarke.

Johan and Paula van den Berg

Cristal is very straightforward, cheerful, helpful, professional and trustworthy….we felt very lucky to work with her.

John and Lacey Williams

After considering our many choices, we are grateful it was Cristal Clarke of Sotheby’s International who represented the sale of our Montecito cottage. We are familiar with Cristal’s reputation of hard work and dedication to clients, but it was her attention to detail that made our experience so positive. She offered suggestions for staging the property, worked in harmony with potential buyers and was even able to secure back up offers. The sale of our cottage was completed much sooner than we expected, due in great part to Cristal’s professional skills and support.

We highly recommend Cristal as a first choice for anyone needing representation with real estate.

Michael & Nancy Lee

Our experience in working with Cristal Clarke resulted in the successful and discrete acquisition of a property which was not yet on the open market. Her knowledge of the Montecito/Santa Barbara area and vast expertise blended with her passion for real estate and architecture, provided us with the very highest level of professionalism and personalized services. Cristal exhibited a rare combination of excellent communications, attention to detail, creativity and patience.

Richard and Catherine Frinier
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