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November 13, 2023

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It's no wonder residents of this idyllic region have long appreciated the medicinal power of our picturesque coastal enclave. And now, there’s scientific research that provides empirical evidence that living in an ocean view home in Santa Barbara can significantly enhance one’s health. There’s even more good news! Santa Barbara ocean view homes can be found on the Montecito Estate website.

Two patio chairs facing the ocean surrounded by lush vegetation.

Embracing the Blue

Numerous scientific studies illuminate the beneficial value of living in proximity to blue spaces, particularly bodies of water like the sparking Pacific Ocean that we cherish here in Santa Barbara. Over the past decade, mounting evidence has underscored the positive impact of natural environments within urban neighborhoods on both physical and mental health. If you believed our coastal heaven was merely a beautiful view, keep reading.

The backyard of a luxury home with a swimming pool and beautiful sunset.

5 Scientifically Supported Health Benefits of Seaside Living:

1. Enhanced Physical Activity
As per a study from the University of Exter, residing by the sea inherently fosters an active lifestyle. The coastal setting presents a plethora of athletic activities, ranging from leisurely walks along the shoreline and invigorating beach jogs, to swimming, surfing, beach volleyball, and more. Surrounded by the ocean's rejuvenating sea breezes, living in such an environment facilitates effortless engagement in exercise throughout the day, serving as a wholesome means of stress release. Sustaining an active lifestyle not only bolsters physical health by strengthening muscles and improving flexibility but also acts as a beneficial channel for stress relief, ultimately uplifting mood and mitigating depression.

The living room of a luxury home with wood beamed ceiling, wood floor, and white walls, and a breathtaking ocean view.

2. Exposure to Natural Sunlight
According to Medical News Today, regular exposure to natural sunlight comes with numerous health advantages — good news for those of us who live in sunny Santa Barbara. When coupled with appropriate SPF protection, sun exposure delivers a valuable supply of vitamin D, recognized for its potential to alleviate symptoms of depression. Additionally, sunlight plays a pivotal role in signaling the cells in your gut to absorb crucial minerals like calcium and phosphorus, contributing to the maintenance of robust and healthy bones, and aiding in the prevention of conditions such as osteoporosis.

The kitchen in a luxury home with an amazing ocean view and lots of natural sunlight.

3. Inhale the Salty Air
Lung Institute research confirms the therapeutic qualities of sea air, a phenomenon long acknowledged by the medical community. It contains beneficial elements like iodine, salt, and magnesium, promoting respiratory well-being and potentially easing symptoms of asthma, enhancing allergies and skin conditions, and strengthening the immune system. Moreover, the saline mist, often overlooked, has a calming impact on the mucosal lining of the respiratory system, providing potential relief for those dealing with health issues like sinusitis.

A sparkling pool at sunset with several palm trees, and the ocean in the background

4. The Healing Power of Seawater
In The Science Behind the Healing Powers of the Salty Sea, PADI delves into the significance of saltwater as a crucial nutrient for our body's largest organ—our skin. Abundant in minerals like magnesium, chloride, sodium, potassium, iodine, and sulfur, seawater holds therapeutic and anti-inflammatory attributes for the skin. Remarkably, a blend of seawater and UVB radiation has proven effective in addressing skin issues like dermatitis and psoriasis. For individuals with sensitive or eczema-prone skin, immersing oneself in ocean water can provide profound soothing effects.

A beautiful veranda with stylish outdoor furnishings, looking out to the ocean at sunset at a luxury Santa Barbara home.

5. A Mental Health Sanctuary highlights numerous science-based health advantages of residing by the sea, benefiting both the body and mind. The amalgamation of exercise, exposure to sunlight, and the invigorating sea air serves as a potent mood enhancer, diminishing mental distress. Though the exact reasons for this effect may vary, the therapeutic impact of merely gazing at the expansive ocean is undeniable. The profound sense of awe derived from contemplating the boundless sea has been proven to provide intriguing psycho-emotional benefits.

Dusk shot of a Santa Barbara Ocean View home with mountains and green trees in the background.

Santa Barbara Ocean View Homes for Sale

In Santa Barbara, we hold dear the harmonious blend of life and nature. The awe-inspiring presence of blue space in our communities, spanning Montecito, Hope Ranch, Summerland, and Carpinteria, offers residents the privilege of savoring the additional advantages of ocean views. The Magical Toro Canyon Estate featured throughout this post is just one example of the amazing ocean view Santa Barbara homes for sale in Santa Barbara and its neighboring communities.

As you can see, the myriad health benefits of living in proximity to blue spaces, from physical well-being to mental and emotional health, make the allure of a seaside relocation even more compelling. As those of us who live here know, Santa Barbara, celebrated for its enchanting coastal vistas and opulent residences with ocean views, represents not just a location but a lifestyle centered around our incredible setting. Besides being a coastal haven, our unique blend of rich history, natural beauty, ideal year-round Mediterranean climate, active lifestyle, and exceptional architecture is an invitation to celebrate life daily, offering residents the opportunity to immerse themselves in the soothing blue expanse.

Contact me (805) 886-9378 or via email at, and let's embark on a journey to find your dream home, where you can savor the therapeutic ocean vistas every day.

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- J & A

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- M.F.

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- P.B.

“We have used Cristal now several times and cannot express how grateful we are for her expertise, dedication, and unwavering support throughout the entire home-buying process. Cristal is knowledgeable, patient and attentive. Her attention to detail is remarkable, and she consistently went above and beyond to provide us with all the information and resources we needed to make informed decisions. Cristal is a skillful negotiator and advocate. She can navigate complex negotiations with professionalism and grace and felt like a true partner to us in the home-buying process. Cristal has a genuine passion for real estate and a deep commitment to her clients' satisfaction. I cannot speak highly enough of Cristal and her exceptional service. She is a true expert in her field and her dedication to excellence, combined with unwavering support is the reason we choose to work with her for all our real estate buying needs.”

- T.C.

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- D.R.

“I could list lots of cool adjectives to describe Cristal. All good by the way. But, that is not why I or anyone should hire Cristal. My reason for hiring her, which proved to be correct, is very simple. She got the job done. And, she does it time and time again and with zero issues. And, that is why she is one of the top agents in the country. End of subject. ”

- M.A.

“Working with Cristal was a complete pleasure. Cristal was extremely patient with us as we evaluated nearly 2 dozen homes over a span of 2 years. Her knowledge of the market is unmatched. Cristal provided us with exceptional counsel as we evaluated opportunities and negotiated pricing. The closing process was handled thoroughly and efficiently. We could not be happier with our purchase and even more happy to now call Cristal our friend.”

- D.K.

“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

“Cristal really breaks the mold. She knows every nook and cranny of this real estate market, understands value, and follows up on everything, all the time. She was incredibly patient with our two year quest to find the perfect house. Every house hunting trip from across the country was well planned, and our time was never wasted. On top of her professionalism and expertise, she is delightful to spend time with. We are thrilled with the home we purchased, and grateful to Cristal for so wisely advising us through this process, right through to the close and beyond.”

- Laurie Siegel

“We met Cristal first in the course of renting a winter home (for three years), then buying a house using her as our agent. She was amazingly good at listening to our wants and showing us homes that fit our needs. Her mastery of the paperwork was perfect. Most importantly, there was never a situation where we doubted her straightforwardness or integrity. If we do another real estate transaction in Montecito (which I doubt, we’re happy with what we purchased), without question we’d use Cristal again.”

- Ken Saffir

“Susan and I just want to thank you for your efforts in the sale of our home. You are really quite amazing. Your competence, persistence, optimism and humor made the entire process effortless. Every problem that arose, you somehow fixed; any obstacle, you overcame. We have bought and sold many homes. It has never been such a painless and enjoyable process!”

- Michael & Susan Marquart

“A little something about “our” realtor, Cristal Clarke. My wife and I came to Santa Barbara about fifteen years ago looking for a seasonal home from which to enjoy the weather and amenities of the central coast. Being in the real estate business myself I was familiar with agents and brokers so entered the market with open eyes. We “flipped” a few houses in the early years, dealing with various agents and finally ended up in Montecito. That’s when good fortune put us together with Cristal. To say we were impressed is to put it mildly. Cristal really knows the market. She is familiar with the area, its history and trends. When we have questions about a particular property she either has the answers immediately or gets back to us by phone or email. There is no waiting or wondering with Cristal. She is an agent who is “on top of it.” Her recommendations as to price points, contractors, inspectors and title agents have proven to be exceptional, showing great insight and the highest professional standards. We consider ourselves exceedingly fortunate to say that Cristal Clarke is our realtor and would recommend her services to any serious buyer or seller.”

- Rob & Judi Kelch