Most in the area know Clayton for its metropolitan business district, home to sleek business towers, tasteful restaurants, specialty shops, and public art displays. But residents here also enjoy beautiful neighborhoods, excellent parks, and even more excellent schools. Many professionals and well-established families are proud to call Clayton “home.”

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Clayton has a sleek metropolitan vibe, with a business district that feels like downtown St. Louis. But don’t let the majestic buildings, tasteful restaurants, and specialized shops fool you: over 81% of Clayton’s real estate is either zoned residential or city park. Residents here enjoy beautiful well-kept neighborhoods, excellent parks and recreation facilities, and an excellent school system.

Homes in Clayton vary from modern condominiums to stately mansions. Although new construction is rare, a talented real estate agent may be able to locate opportunities from time to time.


History buffs should check out the Martin Franklin Hanley House, a Greek-Revival house typical of many Missouri farms in the pre-Civil War period. Built in 1855, it is on the national register of historic places, and is the oldest structure in the city of Clayton. The site also has several picnic areas, and the grounds play host to several special events per year.


Commuting is easy and convenient in Clayton, with a MetroLink stop conveniently located near the business district and access to highways 64/40 and 170. Much of Clayton is pedestrian friendly and easily walkable, a fact appreciated by businesspeople and school children alike.


The City of Clayton is home to a world class public art collection, including works from Botero, Milles, Ben Tre, Trova.  Walking through Clayton on a warm Spring day is a little like walking in a large outodoor art museum. Downtown Clayton is also home to the annual St. Louis Art Fair, which features dozens of artists and entertainers from around the nation.


Restaurants and bars are bountiful in Clayton, offering fine fair from deli sandwiches to decadent feasts. Not wanting to be behind the times, the city even has a mobile app for tourists and residents who want an easy portable guide to the city’s shops and restaurants.


Clayton public schools are some of the best in the area, if not in the nation. Clayton has three elementary schools, one middle school, and one high school, and all of them are highly rated and highly regarded. The school district tries to maintain a student/teacher ratio of 11:1 maximum. Most classroom teachers have more than 16 years of experience, and 93 percent hold a master’s degree or higher.


The Center of Clayton

A 124,000 square foot state-of-the-art recreation center offering sports, fitness, swimming, recreational, educational, and lifestyle enhancement programs.

Shaw Park

The largest park in the City of Clayton, covering 47.6 acres. It features mature forest areas, open spaces for active recreation, including ball fields, volleyball courts, an outdoor pool, tennis courts, and one of two outdoor ice rinks in St. Louis.

Alamo Park

A small 0.25-acre park in a multi-family neighborhood, featuring a play area with benches, landscaping, and pedestrian-friendly lighting.

Taylor Park

Divided into three areas: a passive front area with a gazebo and benches, a tot-lot adjacent to the wood fence, and a level turf area used for dog walking and ball playing.

Oak Knoll Park

The second largest park within city limits at 14.5 acres, includes stone mansions hosting the Clayton Child Center and the St. Louis Artist Guild, a rose garden, a pond, a playground, and a picnic area.


Population: 15,935

Zip Code: 15,935

Connect: Clayton


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