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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)
  • 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


  • #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

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Selling a Montecito Home This Fall or Winter?

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The Art of Selling a Luxury Home: Secrets of A Top Realtor

5 THINGS CONSIDERED WHEN IT COMES TO LUXURY REAL ESTATE SALES If you’re considering selling a luxury home, keep in... [ Read More » ]

What Makes a Home a "Luxury Home"?

10 THINGS THAT CAN MAKE A MERELY LOVELY HOME LUXURIOUS What makes a "luxury home"? The epitome of a lavish... [ 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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