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March 31, 2024

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Spring is in full swing in Santa Barbara, painting the city with vibrant colors and filling the air with the sweet scent of blooming flowers. As the birthplace of the modern environmental movement and Earth Day in 1969, Santa Barbara embraces its natural beauty and celebrates Mother Earth throughout the month of April, culminating in the Santa Barbara Earth Day Festival 2024 on April 27 and 28. From outdoor adventures amidst wildflowers to cultural performances and culinary delights, there's something for everyone to enjoy in this picturesque coastal city.

A view of the Pacific Ocean, with the Channel Islands in the distance and green foliage in the foreground.

Embrace the Great Outdoors

Santa Barbara beckons outdoor enthusiasts with a plethora of activities to choose from. Explore the stunning landscapes surrounding the city by running, biking, or hiking on trails flanked by wildflowers. Feel the gentle spring breeze as you paddle along the coastline in a kayak or on a paddleboard, immersing yourself in the beauty of the Pacific Ocean. After working up an appetite, indulge in an al fresco dining experience or embark on a wine tasting journey along the Urban Wine Trail, savoring the region's bounty in every sip.

A night concert at the open air Santa Barbara Bowl.
By Mark Krynsky - [1], CC BY 2.0

Unforgettable Concert Experiences

Perched in the Santa Barbara foothills, overlooking downtown and the expansive ocean, the Santa Barbara Bowl sets the stage for unforgettable concert experiences. The highly anticipated 2024 concert season is already underway, offering music lovers the chance to enjoy performances in an intimate 4,500-seat outdoor amphitheater. Sip on a pre-show drink on the upper terrace, soaking in the breathtaking 270-degree sunset view of Santa Barbara before dancing the night away to the sounds of acclaimed artists. April highlights include performances by Social Distortion and Bad Religion on April 10, followed by the legendaryWillie Nelson on April 25. Keep an eye on the schedule for more exciting concert announcements!

The vintage facade and marquee of the Granada Theater on State Street in downtown Santa Barbara.
Tony Hisgett, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Cultural Delights Await

Santa Barbara's cultural scene comes alive in April with an array of performances at iconic venues scattered around downtown. Catch the Broadway show Little Women at Granada Theatre on April 10 and 11, groove to the music of Fleetwood Mask at Lobero Theatre on April 26, or be inspired by poetry and conversation from renowned poet Amanda Gorman at Arlington Theatre on April 30. With marquee events like these, Santa Barbara promises entertainment for all tastes.

Culinary Experiences to Savor

Indulge your taste buds during Santa Barbara Restaurant Week, taking place between April 26 and May 5. Participating restaurants across the city will showcase exciting and unique prix fixe menus, offering the perfect opportunity to discover your next favorite dining spot. Prepare to delight in a culinary journey that will leave you with a full belly and a happy heart.

A colorful flyer for the Santa Barbara Fair & Expo, with written information and magical illustrations

Family Fun at the Fair

From April 25 through May 5, the Santa Barbara Fair & Expo at Earl Warren Showgrounds invites families to enjoy thrilling carnival rides, live music, games, and farm animals. Don't miss the chance to indulge in the can't-miss fair food offerings while creating unforgettable memories with loved ones.

A colorful poster for SUNSENDER, a yoga event in Santa Barbara CA

Wellness and Music Fusion

On April 27, Santa Barbara will host the rejuvenating yoga event, Sunsender, organized by Power of Your Om at Santa Barbara City College. This all-day celebration promises a fusion of wellness and music, featuring invigorating yoga sessions led by renowned instructor Adrienne Smith, followed by captivating live performances from Shallou and Origami Human. Immerse yourself in a vibrant daytime celebration that redefines the traditional festival atmosphere, promising a transformative experience for all who attend.

Children running on a large green lawn, chasing the tail of a kite

Take Flight at the Kite Festival

The 38th Santa Barbara Kite Festival returns on April 14, offering a day of fun for kite enthusiasts of all ages and abilities. Head to the "Great Meadow" on the west campus of Santa Barbara City College to fly your own kite or simply enjoy watching others take to the sky. With ocean breezes and light winds perfect for kite flying, this family-friendly festival promises a day of joy and laughter.

Inside of a darkened room at Santa Barbara's Casa del Herrero where everything a blacksmith needs is being displayed.
Image Courtesy of Casa del Herrero

Historical Metalworking Revival

Experience a unique blend of history and craftsmanship at Ember + Forge, an event presented in partnership with Santa Barbara Forge at Casa del Herrero. Taking place on April 6, this one-day event brings Casa del Herrero's metalworking history back to life, offering visitors a glimpse into the city's rich cultural heritage. Don't miss this opportunity to witness the revival of a blacksmith workshop and immerse yourself in the artistry of Santa Barbara's custom fabrication scene.

April in Santa Barbara presents a kaleidoscope of celebrations, outdoor adventures, cultural immersion, and culinary delights. And it’s just one month. Imagine if you lived here throughout the year, or owned a vacation home here and could visit multiple times annually. So, if you’re considering a move to, or within Santa Barbara or to one of its upscale neighboring communities, I extend an invitation for a complimentary consultation. Let's explore your buying and selling needs together. Reach out to me at (805) 886-9378 or via email at In the meantime, let's revel in the beauty of spring and embrace all that Santa Barbara has to offer!

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“It was an emotional experience selling our mother’s home in Montecito that we all loved so much but Cristal made the process easier on our whole family by guiding us through the transaction every step of the way. She knows the market so well and everything she recommended was on point including the asking price, painting, and staging the home, which looked beautiful and helped the buyer envision her new home. We sold it the first day it hit the market with an offer above asking! Cristal did an incredible job communicating with us and the buyer to ensure that the transaction would run smoothly. We highly recommend using Cristal, she was a pleasure to work with! ”

- J & A

“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