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Welcome to Small-Town Clayton

Nestled along US-70 amid rolling fields, verdant woods, and cozy communities, Clayton is a fantastic town, renowned throughout the Triangle area for its welcoming atmosphere and hometown charm. Despite its growth in recent years, it still retains its small-town heritage. 

Are you searching for your dream home in Clayton? View the listings below to get started, or learn more about Clayton's attractions and community culture

Much Ado About Clayton

Life in Clayton

What's not to love about Clayton? Its residents are neighborly, its downtown is historic, and its attractions are plentiful. Plus, it has the perfect balance of close-yet-far: It's just 25 minutes to Downtown Raleigh, yet far enough away that the area is surrounded in the peace and quiet of a rural town. Let's discover the highlights of living in Clayton. 

Community Parks

Acres of beautiful parkland throughout the town provide natural areas for basking in the sunshine and places where children can let their imaginations soar in innovative playgrounds, where you can enjoy a walk or fresh breeze through the trees, or picnic on a fresh lawn on a beautiful day. Parks in Clayton include Municipal Park, Legend Park, and Community Park. An extension of the Neuse River Trail in Raleigh also extends through Clayton, providing miles of scenic walking, biking, and jogging pathways.

Stroll Down Main Street

No small town is complete without its charming Main Street, and Clayton is no exception. Trees and sidewalks line both sides of the street, and old-fashioned brick storefronts with their awnings greet you as you travel to the heart of the town. Here you'll find great food at local restaurants, friendly residents working and shopping in the stores, and excellent entertainment at local events.

Main Events & Other Clayton Facts

Fun Events

Looking for some fun in Clayton? Look no farther than these top-rated downtown community events!

  • Christmas Village & Tree Lighting
  • Clayton Farm & Community Market
  • Clayton Harvest & Music Festival
  • Clayton Road Race
  • Halloween Parade
  • Millstock Art & Music Festival
  • Movie Nights
  • Town Square Concert Series

Quick Facts

Population (2014 Estimate): 18,445

Population Change Since 2010: 13.8%

Average Home Value: $152,600

Housing Units (2010): 6,648

Commute to Downtown Raleigh: 25 min.

Commute to RTP: 40 min. 

Shop, Dine, and Love Local 

It's all about community in this excellent town. And Clayton loves local. There's no better place to experience the tight-knit sense of community and the best that this hometown has to offer than at its best local restaurants and shops. Here are the top picks for Clayton. 

Clayton Steakhouse: Enjoy premium steaks and homemade desserts at one of Clayton's best restaurants. Clayton Steakhouse mixes quaint, hometown charm with a modern and elegant atmosphere. 

Flipside Restaurant & Pub: Good food, karaoke, The Coffee Mill, and live music on the weekends are just a few popular features that Flipside offers. Local fun and delicious food are its high standards. 

Mannings: It's true Southern cooking with a twist, offering you the traditional dining you crave with a modern setting that makes Mannings perfect for parties, events, and just enjoying an evening with friends. 

Sherry's Signature Cheesecakes: Enjoy handmade culinary creations that will make your mouth water, including coffee cakes, homemade granola bars, and — of course — Sherry's signature cheesecakes. 

Clayton Real Estate

Not only does Clayton offer you the small-town community you've been searching for, it offers you the home you've been searching for, too.

Born and raised in Clayton, I can give you an inside taste of life in this charming town. Contact me today at 919-274-7272 or email me at glennsellingnc@gmail.com and we can schedule a time to tour the town and your dream home. 

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