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Old 10-29-2013, 06:48 PM
 
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We are a young family, 2 sons under 5, who will be relocating to E Raleigh. We are currently in Greenville. Clayton is a possibility for us. I was near there the other day so I drove around a bit. I stopped by Community Park (nice but nobody was there), through the downtown area, and through Glen Laurel/Flowers/Portofino. I have read many things on this forum about how great Clayton is. I am wondering are there any other bigger more built up areas around Clayton that I missed? It seemed a bit small to me, which was confusing because on the Clayton's facebook page it always mentions so many things going on. What did I miss??
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Old 10-29-2013, 06:55 PM
 
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One other thing. Clayton Moms.....how often do you go to the parks/playgrounds? Do you find the parks to be very active? We came from a very active park community in Texas and we would love to find another home community that's similar. Thanks!
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Old 10-29-2013, 09:42 PM
 
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Clayton isn't a big place.
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Old 10-29-2013, 09:48 PM
 
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Clayton isn't big. It has a population around 17,000.
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Old 10-30-2013, 07:58 AM
 
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K. Even with 17,000 if a suburb is connected to a city with a small population it can feel bigger because its attached to a city. I thought Clayton felt more like a small town because it's a bit removed from Raleigh, not much, but a bit. Seems like i might have been right.
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Old 10-30-2013, 08:18 AM
 
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Clayton is a small town. More like a bedroom community to Raleigh, to me. Many of my clients prefer the area around Flowers Plantation but I have clients that like larger lots and will like some of the smaller neighborhoods.

Since Clayton has grown so much in the last few years, school scores have increased. And, many of the newer neighborhoods have lots of people from other states so they tend to be looking for friends and are more involved in community type activities.

You can get a lot of house/land for your money and you aren't too far from the Smithfield Outlets or other shopping areas.

Vicki
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Old 10-30-2013, 09:09 AM
 
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Two years ago we spent a week scouting the Triangle for potential relocating areas and heard alot about Clayton as well. (And to be honest, the lower cost of housing from the rest of the area made me even more curious). As a librarian, we visited every library in the area that week, another great barometer of a town (including Mebane) and was given an exTENsive tour by the now-retired director when I showed her my name in a reference book, lol. Downtown liveliness was important to us, so we were pretty surprised at how quiet it was. Like to give the benefit of the doubt, but I agree with the OP about being surprised by what we saw.
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Old 10-30-2013, 09:15 AM
 
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Two years ago we spent a week scouting the Triangle for potential relocating areas and heard alot about Clayton as well. (And to be honest, the lower cost of housing from the rest of the area made me even more curious). As a librarian, we visited every library in the area that week, another great barometer of a town (including Mebane) and was given an exTENsive tour by the now-retired director when I showed her my name in a reference book, lol. Downtown liveliness was important to us, so we were pretty surprised at how quiet it was. Like to give the benefit of the doubt, but I agree with the OP about being surprised by what we saw.
Most small towns in NC don't tend to have much of a "downtown" to speak of.
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Old 10-30-2013, 09:38 AM
 
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Clayton is a small town. However, the largest (population) town in Johnston County. That being said we are trying to reviatilize our historic downtown area. But we are a bedroom community of the greater Raleigh area. Easy commute to big box stores and shopping malls. Our parks are heavily used on weekends. School age kids are busy with school and after school activities. Huge YMCA soccer field on Powhatan Road. Otherwise only moms with small children and adults use the parks during the week. Many of our subdivisions have small parks that mom's with small children use during the week. New East Clayton Park (including dog park that is open) on Glen Laurel Road will have opening celebration this Sunday. Chris Archer, starting pitcher for Tampa, will throw out 1st pitch. Chris is a graduate of Clayton High School. Downtown has a farmers market on Saturdays. Jones Lunch (opened in 1958) is a gathering place on Saturday's. Many activities in Clayton Center. Shows, art, Taste of Clayton, etc. Johnston County School System is 2nd fastest growing school system in NC. Clayton area is the reason! New hospital on Hwy. 42 W in city limits. Connection to Mountain to Sea Trail off O'Neal Street. We are doing something right. Otherwise no one would want to move here. I have lived in ten different states. We love Clayton and all it has to offer!
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Old 10-30-2013, 10:35 AM
 
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