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Clayton Real Estate Living in Clayton, NC: Education, Real Estate and Amenities

Originally a farming community based on cotton, tobacco and watermelon crops, Clayton, NC has become a fantastic community with close ties to nearby Raleigh. Neighborhoods throughout Clayton are separated by cotton fields and flower beds. Only 15 miles from Raleigh, NC, Clayton is a perfect commuter community in which residents enjoy close proximity to large cities, but enjoy the benefits of countryside living. 

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Homes throughout Clayton vary in style from Craftsman to Victorian with builders such as Kaufman and Broad, Lennar and Eastwood implementing new neighborhoods annually. New and existing homes are available anywhere from 130K to upwards of 460K. Custom homes in more exclusive communities with golf courses are also available as well as older homes with substantial acreage. With so many options, this community is filled with opportunities for families young and old, professionals looking for an escape from city-living and retirees alike.

Local Arts, Culture and Entertainment

Clayton has a community center which features a 600 seat auditorium that is usually booked with a mix of professional, entertainment and community events. Throughout Clayton, large sculptures spot the downtown area making up the  Sculpture Trail which takes local submissions annually. The City of Clayton provides entertainment throughout the year including comedy, concerts and art festivals.


Clayton children attend the Johnston County public schools. This K-12 district has benefited from recent growth which has produced many growing families who place a high importance on their children’s education. The community support for the school district is significant and is a big factor in the success of the Johnston County schools placing in the Top 20 percent of all North Carolina School districts. Johnston Community college is 13 miles from Clayton and provides associates degrees, certificates and diplomas to community members as well as a highly rated and successful 4 year college transfer program. Several highly rated colleges are in close proximity as well including Duke, UNC Chapel Hill, North Carolina State and North Carolina Central Universities.

Health Services

Diagnostics, emergency care and same-day surgery are available at Johnston Medical Center-Clayton which is in partnership with Duke University Health Systems. A satellite medical office of WakeMed, a major Raleigh hospital, is also located in Clayton.

Parks and Recreation

The Mountains-to-Sea bike trail of North Carolina runs through Clayton and this bike trail provides cyclists a safe, paved route from the Smokey Mountains to the Outerbanks. There are three city parks have volleyball courts, ball fields and children’s play equipment which are accessible to all residents. The Clayton Community Center features a full size gymnasium, a walking and jogging track and a multi-purpose room with a floor designed for exercise, dance and martial arts. It is very clear that the City of Clayton places high value on the health and well-being of its citizens.

Employment Opportunities

In addition to the employment opportunities of Clayton businesses and services, major corporations such as Caterpillar, Novo Nordisk and the bio-pharmaceutical company Grifols are large local employers within Clayton. The close proximity to Raleigh and Research Triangle Park also provides opportunity to Clayton residents.

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