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Real Estate in Clayton, NC

Clayton is one of the largest growing cities outside of the Triangle area and it's easy to understand why! Clayton is home to many unique and locally owned small businesses including restaurants and shopping while still offering the major conveniences of a big city. Clayton is less than 15 minutes away from Interstate 40 and provides easy access for those commuting being approximately 30 minutes from Raleigh.

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Relocating to Clayton North CarolinaClayton NC Homes for Sale

Located just 15 miles to Raleigh and a straight shot 2-hour drive from the beach, Clayton, North Carolina is the fastest growing town in Johnston County. Steeped in history, the town of Clayton had its beginnings in the early 1700s when the settlers occupied the land that had since then been inhabited by Tuscarora and Sioux Native Americans. Stocked full of community parks and scenic walking trails, this town is a dream come true for outdoor enthusiasts.

Continue to read to find all you need to know about Clayton, North Carolina and what makes it such a wonderful place to call home.

About Clayton

The town of Clayton, North Carolina is rich with history, boasting its vibrant downtown area full of locally owned shops and restaurants, as well as many community events that the town hosts throughout the year. Clayton Township is a suburb of Raleigh, though it lies in Johnston County and is continually voted one of the best places to live. This community is considered to be more rural, and many locals can agree that the best way to become acquainted with the area is by spending time outdoors. Tourists and newbies alike can enjoy some mom-and-pop shops that have flourished for decades.

Real Estate in Clayton

Clayton, NC's housing expenses are 24% lower than the national average. Real estate according to Niche shows the median home value is $224,400, with the median rent being $1,211. The majority of residents in Clayton own their homes, with 66% owning, and 34% renting. Niche ranks Clayton as #31 of 185 as the most diverse suburb in North Carolina, and #81 of 185 as the best suburb to raise a family in North Carolina.

These are the following top neighborhoods to consider when looking at Clayton, NC.

  • Flowers Plantation. Located near Johnston County and Wake County, this neighborhood is a gem in Clayton, NC. Flowers Plantation is a 3,000-acre community, the largest planned in the Research Triangle region, located 25 minutes from downtown Raleigh. There are a variety of homes to choose from, and there are only the best amenities offered to residents of this neighborhood.
  • Brittany Woods. Dating back to 1992, Brittany Woods has continued to grow and develop as more and more people move into Clayton, NC. Considered a quiet residential area, this neighborhood is located just outside of downtown Raleigh. The best public schools are just in the area, making this neighborhood an excellent choice for families with school-aged children.
  • Villages at Glenhaven. Dating back to 1997, this neighborhood is full of beautiful single-family homes. Close to both downtown Clayton and downtown Raleigh, residents are offered much fun, as well as private backyards and a cozy tight-knit community.
  • Tuscany. This neighborhood is located just right off of Highway 42 in Clayton, featuring mostly large homes reasonably priced, starting from the 600s. There are many convenient amenities for families and children including a clubhouse, playground, junior Olympic pool, and a children's splash pool with fountains.
  • Glen Laurel. Due to its abundance of recreational opportunities and stunning custom-designed homes, this neighborhood located between the Neuse River and the Neuse Golf Club is an ideal place for families in Clayton to call home.
  • Winston Pointe South. Just outside of Raleigh and near downtown Clayton, the Winston Pointe South neighborhood is a sought-after community with homes that feature two-car garages, three to five bedrooms, and a layout between 1,826 to 3,005 sq. ft., this area is a good one to call home. Featuring quiet streets, a community pool, and gorgeous homesites, this neighborhood is considered to be one of the best places to live.
  • Riverwood. This neighborhood offers residents a small-town feel with all the advantages of living near a city, making this Clayton Community so popular. This neighborhood is home to the Riverwood Golf and Athletic Club, a premier club in the area, where you can take advantage of the championship golf courses,  as well as a variety of afternoon activities.
  • Portofino. Portofino is only an hour's drive from the Raleigh Durham International Airport. This neighborhood is home to seven miles of nature trails, a fishing pond, equestrian facilities, and direct access to shopping, dining, and entertainment.
  • Gordon Park. Found off of Glen Laurel and Powhatan Road in Clayton, Gordon Park is a community that features both sidewalks and beautiful homesites. Gordon Park is also a convenient proximity to top-rated schools in the area, making it a desirable community for those with children.
  • Knolls at the Neuse. This neighborhood in Clayton offers ranch-style homes with a variety of floor plans to appeal to all lifestyles. Living in this neighborhood offers residents the opportunity to join the Neuse River Racquet Club including 5 tennis courts, a community pool, a fitness room, and a pro shop.

Clayton NC Schools

The school district that Clayton, NC falls under is the Johnston County Public Schools District. The following are the top-ranked schools by age range.


  • Riverwood Elementary School: Johnston County Schools, NC, PK, K-5, B+ Overall Niche Grade


  • Riverwood Middle School:  Johnston County Schools, NC, 6-8, B+ Overall Niche Grade  

High School 

  • Clayton High School: Johnston County Schools, NC, 9-12, B+ Overall Niche Grade 

Points of Interest in Clayton

Clayton, NC is a hidden gem in Johnston County, exuding charm and elegance. Many who have visited and relocated have described the newfound sense of community through the commonly-shared activities to partake in the gardens, public parks, and cultural hubs.

  • Clemmons Educational State Forest. This important world ecology park brings together fun and education. The Clemmons Educational State Forest strikes a balance between informative and enjoyable taking children and adults alike on an exciting adventure into the woods to allow for an experience of an outdoor classroom. This tour also comes at no cost.
  • Deep River Brewing Company. This company was Johnston County's first legal brewing company, where you can not only taste flavorful beers, lagers, and ales, but you can also develop friendships with locals and tourists. At Deep River Brewing Company, choose from your favorite beer from five year-round staples with alcohol content ranging from 4.5 percent to 7.9 percent.
  • Clayton River Walk on the Neuse. A stretch of 4 miles, Clayton River Walk on the Neuse serves as an outdoor recreation hub for lovers of nature. This stroll runs parallel to the Neuse River. Fun fact: this trail is a critical piece of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail, extending as long as 1,000 miles, connecting both the Great Smokey Mountains and the eastern coast.

Food & Drink in Clayton

Clayton, NC can satisfy more than just your eye with its beautiful scenery, it can also satisfy your tastebuds through its eclectic dining and caffeine-seeking options in every corner of the community. Dozens of eateries and cafes are waiting to tantalize tastebuds with colorful plates and flavors.


  • First Street Tavern. This dog-friendly establishment has a wide variety of beers, wines, whiskeys, and many other beverages to help lighten the mood after a long day at the office. First Steer Tavern is one of the best restaurants that Clayton has to offer with its live musical performances and friendly atmosphere.
  • Anthony's Italian Pizza & Pasta. At this restaurant, you can find Italian-inspired offerings for guests who wish to expose themselves to foreign cuisine. Beyond Italian-themed pizza and pasta, Anthony's Italian Pizza and Pasta offer soups and salads to satisfy your food adventure.
  • Revival 1869. Go back in time through a classy indoor setting where art, music, and history lovers can enjoy the ambiance that is Revival 1869Offering a wide array of drinks from cocktails to bourbon, to whiskey, you are invited to slow down and enjoy the calming, jazz music in the background.


  • Ugly Mug Bean & Brew. This cafe offers handcrafted coffee beverages and an artisan food menu. Ugly Mug Bean & Brew is a family-friendly environment, specializing in famous caffeine drinks, such as lattes, cappuccinos, and mochas.
  • Boulevard West. Here, you can expect nothing less than specialty coffee and delicious eats. From stylish-styled coffee is ornate white mugs to slices of rich, dark chocolate cake, Boulevard West has it all.
  • Jones Cafe. This cafe has been a neighborhood landmark since 1958. At Jones Cafe, you can find a dispense of hot dogs and many other nostalgic bites in an old-school environment.

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