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Old 10-02-2019, 03:17 PM
 
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I have searched through the boards before posting but haven't gotten the info I'm looking for. I am looking to move to the Raleigh area early this summer. Jobs are not an issue as my husband works from home although proximity to RTP or downtown Raleigh would be nice for me as I'll be looking for a job once we move. We were in the area and got to see Cary which we are priced out of as well as Apex. Holly Springs is nice but getting too expensive for us. Fuquay-Varina is a possibility.

We did check out Clayton and liked how affordable the homes were. My concern is we currently live in a rural part of NJ. The main reason we bought our house was because it was affordable and we thought the town would expand. 15 yrs later and no expansion. 40-45 minutes to the nearest shopping. I just don't want to do it anymore. I'm tired of driving and so are my kids (10 & 12) Clayton has a ton of homes being built but will there be any amenities in town? Community theater? Activities for kids? I know Garner and Knightdale are 15 to 20 min away but does anyone know of any plans for anything being built closer? A realtor we spoke with in Flowers Plantation had mentioned an outdoor mall similar to Cameron Village was in the works. Is that true or a ploy to get us to buy? Lastly, how are the schools? I would want an area where my kids will be able to make friends and adjust as easily as possible. Any input would be so helpful!!
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Old 10-02-2019, 03:34 PM
 
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I recently moved to Clayton from the west coast; attracted to the area for more reasonable cost of housing as you mentioned.

I'm in the Riverwood development and have heard nothing but good things about the elementary and middle schools in this community.

The town is definitely growing and according to some city officials that I spoke with, they're expecting a population of around 40,000 within 10 years.

That said, from speaking to some of the locals, there seems to be an aversion to major retail within the city limits. Many people here seem concerned about keeping small town charm and sense of community (which is quite real here, very friendly people).

And most seem content with driving the 15-20 minutes to get to the big box stores as a trade-off. So I'm not sure what the future holds as growth continues.
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Old 10-03-2019, 09:02 AM
 
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Garner is where its at. Your literally 10 minutes from downtown Raleigh. You get all of the amenities (restaurants, shows, festivals, concerts, museums, etc) of Raleigh for half the real estate costs. Plus you'll get more land. lived here 25 years and it simply can not be beat.
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Old 10-03-2019, 04:14 PM
 
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Clayton is growing, and there is a youth theater, plenty of youth sports, a music academy, weekend farmers mkt, Harvest Festival, Fourth of July events and fireworks, summer outdoor concerts, events at the Clayton Center, dance studios, gymnastics, yoga, etc. We are getting more and more restaurants and shops (many of which are not chains, and are very good). Garner has more restaurants and shopping, and it’s about 10-15 minutes away. If you want to be closer to Raleigh, look into Garner or out in Cleveland/Garner area near 40/42.

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Old 10-03-2019, 05:49 PM
 
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Clayton also has art classes and sports at the community center, Lights on the Neuse in December and Fear Farm in the fall, a bowling alley, and places to pick strawberries in the spring.
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Old 10-05-2019, 03:25 PM
 
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Garner is where its at. Your literally 10 minutes from downtown Raleigh. You get all of the amenities (restaurants, shows, festivals, concerts, museums, etc) of Raleigh for half the real estate costs. Plus you'll get more land. lived here 25 years and it simply can not be beat.
Garner definitely has a convenience advantage. However, it might come at a trade-off with lower rated schools and higher crime as compared to Clayton.

Stats don't always tell the full story and Garner is a good place overall, just a matter of personal preference and priorities.
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Old 10-07-2019, 03:30 PM
 
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Stats don't always tell the full story and Garner is a good place overall, just a matter of personal preference and priorities.
Funny thing is my kids went to Garner schools and are sitting in university right next to the kids that went to high rated private school's. People like to split percentage points but in the end you'll get a decent education in the triangle regardless. Besides in an age of charter schools, location doesn't mean much any more.
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Old 10-16-2019, 06:42 AM
 
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Just moved here (Clayton/Flowers) from Mass. Grocery close but Lowes/Bjs/TjMaxx all 20-30m away by Garner. But Clayton as a town for families, great. Lots of sports, dance, etc. So far schools great. Archer Lodge Middle and Cornith Holders High. But our baseball friends all live on 40/42. Their kids go to Cleveland high and Garner South and they seem good too. From what I read, you may be better off in 40/42 Clayton side or Garner. PS. You will be happy you moved out of North East!
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