About Cristal Clarke
Consistently ranked in the top 1% of Sotheby’s International Realty® agents nationwide for three decades, Cristal represents the highest level of clientele and specializes in the sale and acquisition of extraordinary estates and land in Montecito, Santa Barbara, Hope Ranch and Summerland. She maintains status as one of the top five individual agents in Montecito, and has held that position for several years among individual agents in all of Santa Barbara County for average property sale price. Real Estate Executive magazine has named her one of the “Top 100 Influential Real Estate Agents in Southern California” for 2016 and 2017.
Cristal’s impressive professional distinctions mean she is adept at finding the best property for clients in the market for a home or home away from home. “My finger is constantly on the pulse of this market,” Cristal says. “That’s one of the reasons not just my clients, but also my colleagues know to contact me when they need the latest important real estate information.” A compendium of knowledge regarding unlisted available properties and pending listings, Cristal manages an unparalleled volume of quiet, private transactions.
Sellers have the advantage of Cristal’s well-earned reputation as a premier listing agent. She has obtained record dollar amounts for properties, and her sales have set new standards in the most prestigious Santa Barbara and Montecito neighborhoods. She is an expert at ensuring her clients receive maximum return on their investment.
A Valuable Asset, with Valuable Assets
Cristal’s clients and colleagues alike recognize and respect her unsurpassed communication, marketing and negotiating skills as well as her attention to detail, enthusiasm and tenacity. Her interaction with financial professionals, attorneys, contractors and inspectors, among others, is considered exemplary. In a marketplace where discretion, confidentiality and depth of understanding are crucial, she is a priceless treasure.
Cristal also has the advantage when it comes to dealing with distinguished international clients. Born in Europe, and after traveling extensively, she moved to Santa Barbara from Laguna Beach in 1977. Her intense interest in the arts led her to a degree in Art History and Architecture from UCLA, and to related studies in Europe.
Above all, Cristal is recognized and praised for her dedication to her clients. “I go the extra mile for them and it shows,” she says, “That’s true not just throughout the transaction, but beyond escrow. Most of my clients become friends who know they can count on me, and that trust translates into repeat business and referrals as well as personal bonds.”
The Rewards of Dedication
Not surprisingly, Cristal is an avid art collector, with special interest in early California artists as well as Contemporary art. She enjoys swimming, yoga and hiking and, along with her husband, is a member of the prestigious Coral Casino Beach Club, Montecito Country Club, and Maroon Creek Club in Aspen, Colorado.