Find Small Town Charm & Endless Fun in Clayton

If you're searching for the perfect place to retire, a place that's relaxed and friendly, bustling with the charms of small-town living, and filled with endless ways to have fun, then Clayton, NC is the place for you! Quaint shops and restaurants in a historic downtown, amazing events that bring residents together throughout the year, beautiful parks and recreational amenities... Clayton truly has something for everyone. Plus, it's just a short drive from the big-city attractions and entertainment of Raleigh, making its location pretty unbeatable. Come explore Clayton and find the perfect place to retire in style.

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Clayton at a Glance

Quick Facts

Population: 18,445
Zip Codes: 27520, 27527
County: Johnston
Median Home Price: $254,990


Downtown Raleigh: 25 min
RDU Airport: 40 min
Durham: 50 min
Chapel Hill: 1 hr

Clayton Attractions

Why Residents Love Clayton

Attractions & entertainment

Clayton is filled with fun! It all starts in Downtown Clayton, where in addition to amazing local shops and restaurants—like Wine on Main, Manning’s, Clayton Steakhouse, or Flipside Karaoke—you can find arts, entertainment, and even nightlife. Explore the Downtown Public Art Sculpture Trail. Visit the Clayton Library. Even catch a music or theatre performance at The Clayton Center. And local pubs and taverns, like Deep River Brewing, Flipside, or First Street Tavern, love to host after-dark events.

Special events & celebrations

Clayton might be a small town, but it hosts some pretty big events! Every year, you can enjoy amazing festivities and celebrations, like the July 4th Celebration, Town Square Concert Series, Mondo Roots Art & Music Festival, Clayton Harvest & Music Festival, Christmas Village & Tree Lighting, and the Christmas Parade. You’ll also enjoy senior-specific events like the NC Senior Games, or weekly events like the Clayton Farm and Community Market.

Parks & recreation

Whether you’re looking to explore the great outdoors, stay active, or learn something new, Clayton has plenty to offer. Its lovely community parks feature walking paths, mountain bike trails, ball fields and courts, a dog park, and more. You’ll also find public art along the Sam’s Branch Greenway, a paved pedestrian and biking trail that connects to the beautiful Clayton River Walk along the Neuse River—part of the Neuse River Trail to Raleigh and the 1,000+ mile North Carolina Mountains-to-Sea Trail!

For indoor activity, head to the Clayton Community Center for everything from fitness, sports, and an indoor walking track to art classes and games.

The perfect location for every adventure

Clayton is a popular choice for those who want the charm, the community, and the culture of small-town living but would also like to dabble in the bigger attractions of a large city—because Downtown Raleigh is just 25 minutes away! From major concerts and entertainment to rich arts and history to beautiful parks and outdoor areas, Raleigh has something for everyone. And for those who really want to get away, the RDU International Airport is only about a 40 drive. Plus, the Atlantic beaches are just an hour or two from home, and mountains can be reached in about three hours, making the Triangle the perfect central location for any adventure.

Active Adult living

If you’re nearing that retirement age, you may be starting to consider the amazing benefits of life in an Active Adult community. From the outstanding social life surrounded by people in the same phase of life as you to the resort-style amenities designed to keep you active, healthy, and happy, it’s not hard to see why Active Adult living has become increasingly appealing to many retirees. And Clayton is home to one of the Triangle’s best Active Adult communities: The Walk at East Village!

Retirement and relaxation

When it comes to your retirement, you don't want to start off on the wrong foot. When you find yourself seeking an escape from boredom or chaos, then it's important to have a home that feels more like a retreat with choices of amenities nearby. If you're like many of our residents, it might have been a while since you last had to buy a home, so we'll guide you through the entire process - from finishing selections to mortgage assistance and closing details - you just relax, and let us take care of you!

The Best Homes in Clayton for Active Adults

Clayton is truly one of the best places to live in the Triangle, and if you're looking for Active Adult living, then there's no community better suited to provide a lifestyle of fun, activity, and adventure than The Walk at East Village. Contact us today to learn more, to schedule a showing, or to start learning more about buying a home at The Walk at East Village.

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