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Luxury Home Products for Montecito Homeowners

August 20, 2019

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As technology advances, so do luxury home products. While product launches are nothing new, many of the latest products and gadgets to hit the market today are designed specifically to make everyday chores more manageable and pleasant. Here are 7 new products Montecito homeowners should check out:

  • Robotic Lawn Mower
    The beauty of home automation technology gives Montecito homeowners the opportunity to forego the most challenging and unpleasant chores, including mowing the lawn. With traditional mowing, your lawn grows tall before your gardener cuts it off all at once. By contrast, Automower® clips just a little grass at a time, and it does this frequently. Plus, the fine clippings fertilize naturally. The result is a lawn that’s always picture-perfect. And don’t worry about missing a spot. The unit changes its pattern according to a programmed schedule via a free app on your smartphone. You’ll be empowered to monitor and control the device from anywhere in the world.

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  • Smart Mirror Personal Assistant
    How about turning your bathroom mirror into a smart home product? This smart mirror is equipped with advanced facial gesture recognition technology and turns on by simply “seeing” you stand in front of it. MirroCool gives you everything you need to keep abreast of your day’s tasks. Sync it up with your existing online calendar whether you use Google Calendar, iCal, or Office 365. When you’re heading out the door and wondering which route to take to your destination, which appointments are coming up or what the weather is going to be, MirroCool has you covered. Additionally, it can recognize different users and tailor the displayed information to their needs. Pre-order now and help bring this product to life. It can even activate selfie mode if you wink at it! 

  • Robot Floor Mop
    This is another one of those smart home products that can rid you of those unpleasant cleaning chores. If you absolutely despise having your floors mopped every other day, this robotic mop will do it for you and stay out of your way. The iRobot Braava® 380t Robotic Mop can cover up to 100 square feet in just an hour and make your floors sparkle with new intensity. All you need to do is pour some water into it and choose the cleaning pad appropriate for your floors.

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  • Dog’s Training Barking Mat
    Technology meets practicality for dog lovers with The Barking Mat. Designed by a fellow pet lover, this mat simplifies the potty-training process by allowing your pet to let you know when it is time to do his or her business. Perfect for the dog who tends to have accidents in the house. The simple touch of a paw on the attractive mat lets out an audible cue, either a dog bark sound or a chime, adjustable by you. Additionally, the WiFi version allows you to set your Barking Mat to silent mode and still receive notifications directly to your cell phone when your dog is waiting to be let out.
  • Ecovacs Winbot: A Roomba For Windows
    This new gadget is perfect for Montecito homeowners who love their awesome ocean and mountain views. All they need is this compact robot for windows that sparkle. The Roomba for Windows is also capable of cleaning shower glass and even tiled walls. This gadget is equipped with a high-tech suction fan to stay on the windows and complete the most tedious job effortlessly. Originally designed for difficult to reach high windows, this very smart tool is equipped with four stages of cleaning, along with a navigation system with sensors to overcome any obstacles.

  • Anti-Snore Smart Pillow
    Peaceful sleep is extremely important, not only for you but for your partner too. This is why the anti-snoring smart pillow is one of the best smart home gadgets on the market today. It allows both you and your bedmate to sleep soundly without worrying about snoring and waking up the whole house. Anytime the pillow “hears” snoring it will vibrate to force a change in your position. It also comes with built-in speakers and sleep tracking sensors. 

credit: Peach

  • Peach Luxury Bath Tissue
    Roll with me here (pun intended). Just about every aspect of modern life has been examined, optimized, and fine-tuned today, including toilet paper. Made in America with virgin fiber natural ingredients, this luxury toilet paper is soft and durable, without a chemical in sight. Think organic and 100% sustainable. The product comes in an attractive box (described by the company as "collectible"), with a pink marbled pattern on the exterior. For Montecito homeowners who decide they truly can't live without their Peach toilet paper, the company's travel concierge can deliver rolls to your home or even send you some when you’re on the road. Have it delivered to your hotel room, cruise ship, or private jet. I like a company that doesn’t take itself too seriously. Peach has fun; proven by the tagline "Wipe Like Royalty.” Despite all the ribbing, Peach's mission is noble. The company donates 10% of its profits to Safe Horizon.

I pride myself on searching the internet to bring Montecito homeowners up to speed on the latest luxury home products. I also pride myself on helping in the sale or purchase of a home in Montecito or any of the amazing surrounding communities. Please call me at +1 805.886.9378 or email me at for all your real estate needs.

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“Cristal is a pleasure to work with! Her knowledge of the local real estate market coupled with her amazing listening skills resulted in her showing us an array of homes that were all excellent choices. Her low-pressure patient attitude made us feel extremely comfortable with the whole process. I cannot recommend her highly enough.”

- M.F.

“Cristal Clarke is #1 in her field - and you don't become #1 by luck. Cristal works harder, and longer, and with more charm and patience than any real estate agent I have ever worked with in the past; her calendar has no weekend, her days have no clocks, her only concern is selling your property as soon as possible and for the best price on the market. Am I a fan? You bet!”

- 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.

“Cristal is a top-notch realtor who sold my home before it ever went on the market. I had two competing offers that enabled me to get top dollar for my home. Not only is Cristal superb but her team is extraordinary. I cannot say enough about Cristal and her team. They are simply phenomenal, the consummate professionals, who took care of every possible detail, making the sale and transition period, smooth from our end. They are also lovely, caring people, who knew all the right professionals, to get the job done. Thank you, everyone!”

- 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