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Old 06-07-2006, 12:08 AM
 
Location: Clayton, NC
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Hi all, I couldn't help but to register here and supply some input to those of you who are looking to move to Clayton, NC. First a little about myself, moved to Clayton as a child back in 1983 when it was just a pimple on the map, now it's a booming town of growth and new housing developments. As being a pizza delivery driver here for nearly 15 years it's (just estimating) about 99% safe place to live, work, and travel around. The biggest complaint I would have, as most of you do, is traffic and higher gas prices but, good news is that there is a bypass of hwy 70 to route alot of traffic around, due to be completed in the summer of 2009. Real estate in this area is booming and I see a new development being built faster than I can learn an "old" one.

The average median income for a family in Clayton is ~$16000 higher per year than the U.S. family income average. So jobs are here and they must be good, jobs in Clayton however seem to mostly be service, manufacturing, pharmacutical which are not nearly as nice(unless it's management). Raleigh and RTP are not a far commute and I assume that's where most of the residents here work(or construction/development).

As far as all the developments that have been meantioned, they are all good, there is only one that was meantioned I don't know of... Cottage Farm. Riverwood Golf, Riverwood Athletic, Lee's Plantation, Glen Laurel on the Neuse, GeorgeTown(In town), Winston Plantation, Lion's Gate(In town) all of which are very nice subdivisions that offer pools, tennis courts, golf, gym. Just depends on which one you go with, if you like golf then Riverwood golf is a nice choice and I believe offers a discount to the Riverwood Athletics' indoor/outdoor pools and gyms membership. Glen Laurel at the Neuse is also a very nice golf course with a large pool, tennis courts, with communitly yard competions, as well as a very nice annual christmas time attraction with candles in bags display lining all the streets. Glen Laurel is not currently in new homes development at this time I believe but, both the Riverwood developments are and they offer a community center, elementry/middle schools, some shops, circular roadway center with a fountain/sculpures and community events. Lee's Estates is building and offers a pool, a nice long paved walking path, shopping center, and I already see a strong communty bonding with people walking the streets and congregation. Lion's Gate is just underway with a community center being built. Oh also there is Havannah's Creek just starting up with nice two story houses starting to be built. Needless to say there is much real estate for sale here as well as new homes, used homes seem to sell slow however new homes fast. My only guess is an influx of out of state buyers who only want new for warrantee reasons but, for those that want a gently used home upgrade at a good deal I can imagine the possibilities are good here.
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Old 06-07-2006, 01:11 AM
 
Location: Clayton, NC
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To Bethany which i agree wholeheartly on alot of things you meantioned in a post about living here in 1987. The town was small with very little, 2 grocery stores, one fast food restaurant, one dining (pizza hut), and maybe 4 gas stations in town. Even as a graduate of Clayton High School I made fun of it... what do you mean count, I graduated from CHS. I only have 10 fingers...

You are also right about malls, there are no malls in Clayton, small strip malls, much more dining options(than 1987 lol), as well as shopping venues should you decide to explore. Larger strips are in Garner just 10 mins away and actual malls 20-30 minutes away in Raleigh. If you're looking for designer, unique, extravagant, exquisit, then shopping may not meet your needs in Clayton but, the drive to it is not so far.
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Old 06-07-2006, 05:16 AM
 
Location: Raleigh
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Thanks so much Greybridge for the great info. My clients will appreciate that, and I couldn't have worded that better.
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Old 06-07-2006, 07:51 AM
 
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To Bethany which i agree wholeheartly on alot of things you meantioned in a post about living here in 1987. The town was small with very little, 2 grocery stores, one fast food restaurant, one dining (pizza hut), and maybe 4 gas stations in town. Even as a graduate of Clayton High School I made fun of it... what do you mean count, I graduated from CHS. I only have 10 fingers...

You are also right about malls, there are no malls in Clayton, small strip malls, much more dining options(than 1987 lol), as well as shopping venues should you decide to explore. Larger strips are in Garner just 10 mins away and actual malls 20-30 minutes away in Raleigh. If you're looking for designer, unique, extravagant, exquisit, then shopping may not meet your needs in Clayton but, the drive to it is not so far.
Great info..thank you. What are the supermarkets in the area?
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Old 06-07-2006, 02:27 PM
 
Location: Clayton, NC
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Well being a male i'm not wise in the ways of shopping but i can tell you where some places to go are. If you're looking for an auto parts or home improvement store I could drive you there blindfolded.

The largest and most active is the Walmart supercenter strip just 3 miles west of town center. It has the cheaper walmart gas station w/cigarettes, subway, radio shack, blockbuster, outback steakhouse(i think or maybe lonestar), wendy's, mailboxes, buffalo wing restaurant, and alot of others us male types don't pay much attention to.

In town there is a 1/2 mile stretch along hwy 70 that is lined with shopping: Lowes Foods, Arby's, Mcdonald's, Bojangles, BaskinRobbins/DunkinDonuts, Tacobell/KFC, The Rockin Comet(retro restaurant), Jersey Mike's, Quizznos, Dairy Queen, Mckinley's Grill and Bar, Dollar Tree, well that covers most of the food. As far as shopping, sorry I couldn't be more help. Considering the amount of food attractions that sit along the highway in front of the actual strip malls themselves, I'm sure there is quite a variety of shops behind them.

There are also a variety of different old shops in downtown Clayton, an appliance shop, furniture shop, day care, a nice female clothing store, flooring, not sure what else.

There is also a separate strip on the east side of 70 with a Food Lion, Wendy's, Pizza Hut, Burger King, Subways, video store, family dollar, and more. Also further east on hwy 42 at the entrance to Flowers Plantation is another Food Lion strip with alot of various shops I know nothing of because of the way it's positioned from the road.

Definitely not the right person to ask but rest assured it would take a good days adventure to check them all out and find your favorite local places to shop.
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Old 06-07-2006, 02:34 PM
 
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Well being a male i'm not wise in the ways of shopping but i can tell you where some places to go are. If you're looking for an auto parts or home improvement store I could drive you there blindfolded.

The largest and most active is the Walmart supercenter strip just 3 miles west of town center. It has the cheaper walmart gas station w/cigarettes, subway, radio shack, blockbuster, outback steakhouse(i think or maybe lonestar), wendy's, mailboxes, buffalo wing restaurant, and alot of others us male types don't pay much attention to.

In town there is a 1/2 mile stretch along hwy 70 that is lined with shopping: Lowes Foods, Arby's, Mcdonald's, Bojangles, BaskinRobbins/DunkinDonuts, Tacobell/KFC, The Rockin Comet(retro restaurant), Jersey Mike's, Quizznos, Dairy Queen, Mckinley's Grill and Bar, Dollar Tree, well that covers most of the food. As far as shopping, sorry I couldn't be more help. Considering the amount of food attractions that sit along the highway in front of the actual strip malls themselves, I'm sure there is quite a variety of shops behind them.

There are also a variety of different old shops in downtown Clayton, an appliance shop, furniture shop, day care, a nice female clothing store, flooring, not sure what else.

There is also a separate strip on the east side of 70 with a Food Lion, Wendy's, Pizza Hut, Burger King, Subways, video store, family dollar, and more. Also further east on hwy 42 at the entrance to Flowers Plantation is another Food Lion strip with alot of various shops I know nothing of because of the way it's positioned from the road.

Definitely not the right person to ask but rest assured it would take a good days adventure to check them all out and find your favorite local places to shop.
Thanks greybridge..just the information I was looking for. I'm sure everyone else looking in the area will appreciate your post also!
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Old 06-07-2006, 03:00 PM
 
Location: Snow Hill, NC
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After they widen the road from Selma to Clayton and onward to Raleigh, it was a lot better. Prior to that, the road from Selma to Clayton through Wilson Mills was a nightmare in the mornings. I have to say without a doubt it was the longest nine miles I have ever driven when I was in a hurry. My husband was originally from Kenly in the northern part of the county. When I say northern, I mean northern. You were barely out of the city limits of Kenly going north before hitting Wilson County. We made our rounds in Micro and Selma for the most part from 1985-1992. Then we moved back to Greene County were I am from. Now Clayton is just somewhere to drive through going to Raleigh. But it is sure a lot easier since they did the road construction.
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Old 06-07-2006, 03:05 PM
 
Location: Clayton, NC
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Here are some links that may be usefull about the Clayton area.

http://www.claytonnews-star.com/
http://www.claytonchamber.com/
http://www.flowersplantation.com/
http://www.marketwire.com/mw/release_html_b1?release_id=75090 (broken link)
http://www.ncclaytonrentals.com/
http://www.theclaytoncenter.com/
http://www.neusegolf.com/
http://carolinawx.com/
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/27520
http://www.editandrenew.com/
http://childcare.addresses.com/yp_ca...,nc/11568.html
http://www.lunchbug.com/NC-CLAYTON.html (broken link)
http://www.fredsmithco.com/charitychallenge/ (broken link)
http://www.johnstonco-cvb.org/
http://www.fredsmithcompany.com/riverwood.aspx?mi=3&smi=3 (broken link)
http://www.neighborhoodacademyofmusic.com/
http://www.glen-laurel.com/
http://www.johnstoncountyarts.org/
http://www.claytonband.org/
http://www.townofclaytonnc.org/

Some of these links may have advertising but, that was not my intent. They are links about some of the communities, government, activities, and weather in Clayton, NC. Hope some of these help you get a better idea about this area.
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Old 06-07-2006, 03:08 PM
 
Location: Clayton, NC
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Yes Bethany traffic here is still a pain during rush hour even with the expansion because of all the increase population in Johnston County. There currently is a hwy 70 bypass being built that goes from Smithfield's bypass straight to I40. So come summer of 2009 traffic should decrease quite abit around here.
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Old 06-07-2006, 04:37 PM
 
Location: Snow Hill, NC
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That will be good then. I know I use to travel from the Hwy 95 area through Selma and down to Wilson Mills and then come out on the outside of Clayton on my way to Raleigh back in the late 80's. And like I said that stretch of road from Selma to the Hwy 70 area was only 2 laned then. And it was such a pain commuting through there. That is one thing I don't miss about the area.
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