What Are The Best Neighborhoods in Clayton, NC?

Posted by Ryan Fitzgerald on Monday, July 2nd, 2018 at 1:56pm.

The Top Neighborhoods in Clayton, NC - What are They?

The Best Neighborhoods in Clayton, North Carolina!

There are many neighborhoods and homes for sale in Clayton, NC. A lot of these neighborhoods would qualify as the best in town, depending on what type of home and neighborhood you were looking for. As a resident and as a Realtor in Clayton, NC, my years have experience give me a great background on the town! For some people looking to move to Clayton, it may be a golf community or an equestrian community or a planned development with lots of amenities. Some people looking for a home in Clayton don’t want any of the above but would rather find a small subdivision with large private lots and no HOA dues. Whatever the type of subdivision you’re looking for there’s a good chance you’ll find it in Clayton.

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Clayton, NC

The town of Clayton is located just east of the state Capital of Raleigh and is home to many who work in the Capital and Research Triangle Park. The last phase of the Triangle Expressway or 540 called the Southeast Extension will have an interchange just outside Clayton which should allow for much shorter commute times to Cary, Durham and North Raleigh.

The town is located a short 2.5 hour drive to the coast and about 4 hours to the Blue Ridge Mountains. Clayton is approximately halfway between Bangor Maine and Key Largo, Florida, which puts it slap bang in the middle of the country and is twenty minutes from I95. One of the largest construction projects in the state is underway at the new Novo Nordisk facility which will take about four years to complete and will employ over 700 workers. This is part of a growing biotechnology industry that has grown up around Clayton. Schools are another reason for the growth in the area as many Johnston County Schools get high marks and are very popular with both parents and students. Johnston County Schools currently operate on a traditional calendar and schools are assigned based on boundary maps surrounding each school.

The town of Clayton and the surrounding neighborhoods with a Clayton mailing address is growing at a pretty steady clip. There are new subdivisions getting started all the time while established subdivisions open new phases to keep up with the demand. Re-sale homes can be found in various price ranges and conditions. If the homes have been updated with new kitchens, appliances, flooring etc. and are in a certain price range they tend to sell quickly...sometimes immediately.

Home prices have typically been lower in Clayton and Johnston County than in other parts of the Triangle while the quality of the homes is equally as good if not better. This has been in large part due to the availability of land at more affordable prices, but that is also changing as demand for homes increases. You will find affordable real estate in Clayton that are right for growing families, empty nesters, active adults or the 55 plus folks and first time home buyers.

Broadmoor/Broadmoor West

Broadmoor is located in the Cleveland community close to the area known as 40/42 because of it’s proximity to the major interchange of both highways. The homes available usually range in size from around 2000 square feet to just over 4000 sq.ft. The original homes were all brick built from around 1996 on. The neighborhood has a community pool, clubhouse and playground. Broadmoor West currently offers new construction homes starting in the mid to high $300,000’s.

Flowers Plantation

Flowers Plantation is one of the largest residential developments in the Triangle, offering homes for first time home buyers to custom built executive homes and lots in between. The very well maintained community is comprised of many different neighborhoods with homes for sale starting in the $200,000’s up to $800,000. There is a retail center, Flowers Crossroads which is anchored by a Harris Teeter supermarket and CVS drug store along with specialty stores and restaurants. Flowers Plantation residents can enjoy walking trails, two pools and a state of the art fitness center. Some of the neighborhoods are in the gated section of the development while others are not and thus have lower HOA dues.

Glen Laurel

Glen Laurel has long been the top neighborhood in Clayton for higher end custom built homes. Built around the Neuse Golf Course the subdivision offers older homes many of which are updated, on the golf course with mature landscaping and newer phases with new homes built my regional semi custom and local custom builders. The homes for sale in Glen Laurel start in the mid to upper $200,000’s. There are usually many different home styles available and a number of basement homes can be found in Glen Laurel. Located five minutes from Downtown Clayton and in the city limits with services provided by Clayton.


The premier equestrian community in the Triangle is Portofino in Clayton. A world class horse barn and show rings along with cross country fences make this the ideal neighborhood for the horse enthusiast. But there are plenty of non horsy reasons people choose to live in Portofino. Built on hundreds of wooded acres along the Neuse River, the development has preserved a lot of the natural elements while providing bike and walking trails, canoe access on the river, fishing ponds and more. The magnificent clubhouse and pool reserved for Portofino residents is one of a kind used for community cookouts and birthday parties and the occasional wedding. Soon to be a completely gated community, Portofino is home to a number of new neighborhoods offering some of the finest homes in the Triangle. Homes start in the the high $300,000’s with many homes on large private lots.


Riverwood is the name of two neighborhoods in Clayton, Riverwood Athletic Club and Riverwood Golf. Riverwood Athletic Club is a large planned development with many phases and types of housing. Single family homes predominantly as well as townhomes and apartments. This neighborhood is home to two schools Riverwood Elementary and Riverwood Middle along with a fitness center and an indoor and outdoor pool. Homes for sale in Riverwood start in the mid $100,000’s up to the $400,000’s. Riverwood Golf is a short drive away and features golf course living with homes priced from the mid $200,000’s to the mid $500,000’s.

Taft Woods East/West

Taft Woods East is a new neighborhood of homes built by area builder Legacy Custom Homes. The homes start in the high $300,000’s up to the mid $400,000’s. Taft Woods East is unique for the size of the lots and the wooded privacy offered to homeowners. Located five minutes from the Flowers Plantation development with shopping recreation and good schools. Taft Woods West is next door and features custom built homes that were built in the early to mid 2000’s. These homes are also on larger wooded lots and prices start in the mid $300,000’s.


Tuscany is a neighborhood of single family homes and patio homes located on Highway 42 East just minutes from Downtown Clayton and Flowers Plantation. The subdivision has a community pool and clubhouse. There are new phases called The Vistas at Tuscany and The Enclave at Tuscany. Homes in Tuscany start in the low $200,000’s up to the mid $300,000’s.

Winston Pointe

Winston Pointe is a neighborhood of new and resale homes which is just outside the city limits of Clayton so no city taxes. The subdivision is comprised of single-family homes built by a selection of regional builders. The homes for sale in Winston Pointe start in the mid $200,00’s up to the mid $300,000’s. There is a community pool planned which should be completed in 2017. House plans include both ranch and two-story homes.

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1 Response to "What Are The Best Neighborhoods in Clayton, NC?"

Jeff wrote: Incredible points. Sound arguments. Keep up the great work.

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