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August 29, 2022

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It is the Harvest Moon! On gilded vanes and roofs of villages, on woodland crests and their aerial neighborhoods of nests deserted, on the curtained window-panes of rooms where children sleep, on country lanes and harvest-fields, its mystic splendor rests. — Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

A change of season can bring a fresh start, and this month, we welcome autumn on September 22. I love Santa Barbara at this time of year. The summer vacation crowds are gone, the kids are back in school, and it’s time to prepare our homes for fall with candles, pillows, throws, and that cozy duvet cover you missed all summer long. Plus, from September 9 to the 11th, the Harvest Moon will light up the skies, marking the transition from summer into fall.

Here in Santa Barbara, our Mediterranean summer-like weather continues through the fall season with the perfect combination of warm days and cool nights. For lovers of premium Santa Barbara Wine, fall marks the beginning of harvest, when area winemakers are busy transforming the season’s bounty into heaven by the glass. Even more, there’s a plethora of things to do here in the fall, including:

Pop Up Opera
September 1 at Santa Barbara Museum of Art, 1130 State Street
SBMA has partnered with Opera Santa Barbara with a Pop Up Opera featuring a sampling of the season's art and music in the Museum's galleries. In September, enjoy a repertoire of music from around the globe, inspired by SBMA's current exhibition Going Global: Abstract Art at Mid-Century.

Logo of Santa Barbara Studio Artists tour with painter's hand holding a paintbrush

The Santa Barbara Studio Artists’ 2022 Open Studios Tour
Labor Day weekend, September 2 to 5
Don’t miss this unique opportunity to meet with our local artists about their incredible work as collectors, fellow artists, gallery owners, and art students open their studios to the public. This well-known, sought-after event is your chance to see their latest works while getting a glimpse into their creative process. It’s also known as one of the most-anticipated annual events in the regional art world.

Margarita glass filled with a pink margarita embossed with a logo, with the words

The Margaritas y Más Festival
September 10 at Elings Park
Enjoy unlimited tastings of Tequila and Mezcal from Mexico's Top purveyors at this annual fundraiser for SBHS Band Boosters. In addition to the libations, attendees can savor mouth-watering food from Local Food Trucks while they groove to Live Music and Jumbo Lawn Games.

Group of kids with hair nets and whipped cream on their faces celebrating the Goleta Lemon Festival.

The Goleta Lemon Festival
September 24 and 25 at Girsh Park
Historically held in October, this year's annual weekend of family fun, food, and entertainment is happening a month earlier. Enjoy the things that make this one of the most anticipated events on the Goleta Coast for the past 28 years. We’re talking delicious food, a fantastic family atmosphere, and a variety of entertainment and activities, including the Goleta Fall Classic Car and Street Rod Show. Also, don't miss the pie-eating contests and the arts and crafts vendors.

Sunday Polo
Through October 9, hosted by the Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club
There’s nothing quite like wrapping up a glamorous weekend in Santa Barbara than dressing in your finest, sipping champagne, and cheering on the players from the sidelines at the Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club. Besides watching the sport of kings, attendees enjoy the historic and beautiful landscape of the Santa Barbara Mountains and the delicious food and drinks served at the Fieldside Grill.

Guitarist Tab Benoit in blue shirt, with a drummer in the background.

The Lobero Theatre
33 East Canon Perdido St.
September at the intimate Lobero Theater features a star-studded lineup with performances that begin with GRAMMY® nominated singer, songwriter, and guitarist Tab Benoit who takes the stage on September 2. Fans of Alternative music will enjoy seeing Cat Power on September 9, and those into rock and roll don't want to miss seeing Suzanne Vega on the 28th. Other shows this month include Accentuate the Positive on the 15th, Trap at 25 on September 24, and Get the Led Out on September 30. 

Jackson Brown with his guitar at a microphone

The Santa Barbara Bowl
1122 N Milpas St.
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Jackson Browne is coming to the Santa Barbara Bowl on September 7, performing everyone’s favorites including "Running on Empty," "Somebody's Baby," "Doctor My Eyes," "Downhill from Everywhere” and more. Other artists taking the stage this month include Flume on September 1, performing his hypnotic and abstract compositions that awaken the senses, the Goo Goo Dolls performing fan favorites from their three-plus decades of staples on September 3, and singer, songwriter, and guitarist Bonnie Raitt on the 22nd, to name just a few.

This September is an especially great time to list your Santa Barbara home. With winter and the holiday season on the horizon, buyers who are looking in the autumn months are, by and large, more likely to bring a sense of urgency to the process. Serious buyers mean serious offers. If you’re planning a move in the near future, please call me at (805) 886-9378 or email me at for a free consultation regarding selling and buying. Meantime, enjoy yourself and support our wonderful community by attending any of the Santa Barbara events this September.

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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

“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