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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.

AMONG 184,000+ REAL ESTATE AGENTS IN CALIFORNIA

  • #1 individual agent (in Santa Barbara MLS)
  • Over $260 million in 2020 sales
  • Sales across a broad spectrum of home prices ($950,000 - $24 million in 2021)
  • Top 100 Most Influential California Agents
  • Consistently Top Producing Agent (Santa Barbara & Surrounding Areas)
  • Inaugural Member: Montecito Real Estate Masterminds
Cristal Clarke

AMONG 50,000+ BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY AGENTS WORLDWIDE

  • #1 agent in sales volume
  • #1 producing agent worldwide
  • #1 agent in the U.S. for sales volume
  • Consistently Top 10 Berkshire Hathaway agent nationwide
  • More than $200 million in Q1 and Q2 2021 residential sales
  • Chairman’s Circle Diamond Award (top 1/2 of 1% nationwide), year after year

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

INVESTING IN A HOME AWAY FROM HOME REQUIRES RESEARCH, PONDERING AND, IDEALLY, LIQUID GREEN High Demand is a Boon for
BABY OTTERS, A GIRAFFE, A LION, AND A LEOPARD…OH MY! Credit: Courtesy of Santa Barbara Zoo
SUSAN HARTZLER ON WHAT MAKES CRISTAL CLARKE SO VALUABLE TO THE COMMUNITY Montecito Realtor Cristal Clarke has made the news
FROM EASY TO ELEGANT, SANTA BARBARA LUXURY REALTOR CRISTAL CLARKE’S CELEBRATORY MEALS ALWAYS BEGIN WITH HER TIME-TESTED TIPS

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THE BEST THINGS TO DO AND PLACES TO DINE ON THE AMERICAN RIVIERA
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SERENITY TAKES CENTER STAGE WHEN IT COMES TO COLOR IN HOME DÉCOR Each year, top paint brands and design experts
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Every year when the
EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW TO SOURCE, SET UP AND ENJOY YOUR OWN MAGICAL MARINE SHOWCASE You’ve probably heard about
THE RISE OF HYBRID LIVING  More Americans are buying a second home (or a third) these days, and they’re shopping in
THE COMMUNITY CELEBRATES ITS FIRST MICHELIN STAR EATERY Attention Montecito foodies: the flourishing culinary scene here just got better with
HEED THESE 6 SMART SELLING TIPS, AND SOME YEAR-ROUND ADVICE Thinking of selling a Montecito home this fall or winter,
5 THINGS CONSIDERED WHEN IT COMES TO LUXURY REAL ESTATE SALES If you’re considering selling a luxury home, keep in
10 THINGS THAT CAN MAKE A MERELY LOVELY HOME LUXURIOUS What makes a "luxury home"? The epitome of a lavish
8 TRIED AND TRUE WAYS TO ENSURE A STRESS-FREE TRANSITION FROM OLD HOME TO NEW The process of moving into
THINK OF THESE TASKS AS GIVING VITAMINS TO YOUR HOME Remember when you bought your house? You noted a million
SANTA BARBARA HOMEOWNERS HAVE CHOICES WHEN IT COMES TO CONSERVING THIS PRECIOUS RESOURCE The California drought officially entered its fourth
THE BOWL IS BACK! TIME TO MAKE PLANS TO SEE A SHOW, OR TWO, OR . . .

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A Q&A WITH #1 SANTA BARBARA AGENT CRISTAL CLARKE The 2021 Santa Barbara real estate market continues, with experts seeing
FROM VACCINES AND VARIANTS, TO RESOURCES AND REAL ESTATE Santa Barbara is officially open after COVID-19. However, don’t expect business
ADD CURB APPEAL WITHOUT INVITING PESKY PESTS Do you know there are some beautiful plants that can safely act to
JOIN OTHER SAVVY SELF-STORAGE INVESTORS LIKE BILL GATES If you’re among those considering investing in the quickly emerging trend of
DRIVING FACTORS, INCREASED DEMAND, AND 3 EXCELLENT FACILITIES FOR SANTA BARBARA COLLECTORS The Collector Car Vault
RESULTS FROM A NEW STUDY, AND THE COLORS FOR EVERY ROOM Is it worth considering the best interior paint colors
YOUR GUIDE TO THE PERFECT PLACE TO BASK IN SANTA BARBARA’S BOTANICAL BEAUTY  Everyone knows about Santa Barbara’s beautiful beaches,
3 KEY QUESTIONS TO ASK As the 2021 Santa Barbara real estate market enters its second half, I find a
WHERE TO FIND MID-CENTURY IN SANTA BARBARA The enduring popularity of mid-century modern furniture is based on many factors. It
TIME TO GO BIG AND GO HOME! I love to blog about the latest luxury real estate trends, and I’ve
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GARDENS ARE AESTHETICALLY PLEASING, OFFER HEALTH BENEFITS, AND CAN INCREASE PROPERTY VALUE Our amazing Mediterranean climate is one of the
LOCAL REAL ESTATE DEMAND IS, IN A WORD, RELENTLESS The Santa Barbara real estate market is continuing to surge, with
CONVENIENCE, CHOICE AND A CORNUCOPIA OF CONNECTIONS  Image Courtesy of Santa Barbara Airport As the 13th largest
DECLUTTERING COMES WITH MANY BENEFITS It’s Good for Your Health! Decluttering your home is not a new concept, but how to declutter
7 STEPS TO FASHIONING A FELINE HAVEN Today’s home hunters are looking for pet-loving spaces like never before. That doesn’t’
NEW CDC GUIDELINES AND INVITING LOCAL DESTINATIONS MAKE 2021 A YEAR OF ROAD TRIPS As the Centers for Disease Control
A TOP REALTOR’S GUIDE TO RENOVATION, REMODELING, OR JUST FRESHENING UP Whether you’re selling a Hope Ranch property like the French
SANTA BARBARA AND MONTECITO VACATION HOME RENTALS ARE IN DEMAND In the words of David Bowie and Mick Jagger, “the
10 ESSENTIAL TIPS TO CREATE THE ULTIMATE AL FRESCO VENUE We who are lucky enough to call Montecito and its
  THINK LIKE A SELLER, AND CALL A PRO If you were considering buying the property shown above, you’re out
WHAT INSPECTORS SHOULD INSPECT, AND THE HOMEBUYER SHOULD EXPECT For most buyers, a home inspection can be both reassuring and
GET READY TO PURGE, SORT AND DECLUTTER YOUR MONTECITO MOTOR MOTEL The garage is one of those spaces homeowners can
20 EXPERT STAGING TIPS FOR A QUICK SALE AND TOP DOLLAR
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8 REASONS TO LIST YOUR SANTA BARBARA HOME NOW! If you’re considering listing your home in any of the upscale
LUXURY HOMEBUYERS TAKE A CUE FROM GOLDILOCKS As affluent Americans reconsider their priorities amid the pressures of COVID-19, a sweet
4 WAYS SANTA BARBARA HOMES ARE LEADING THE WAY What will a home of the future offer? According to leading
8 IDEAS FOR A SAFE CELEBRATION IN SANTA BARBARA Here’s some hoppy news: Easter 2021 is right around the corner: April 4th.
EXPERTS WEIGH IN ON WHY TO PAINT, AND WHAT COLOR COMBINATIONS QUALIFY AS CLASSIC There are many reasons to tackle
MULTI- SENSORY DESIGN AND LIFESTYLE TRENDS Something positive has emerged from our past year of spending much more time in
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Testimonials

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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