RESIDENTS ARE DRAWN TO CLAYTON FOR CONVENIENCE OF LOCATION, THE WALKABILITY, THE EXCELLENT SCHOOL DISTRICT AND ACCESSIBILTY OF AMENITIES.
Just west of Forest Park, Clayton is centrally and conveniently located next to numerous interstates, resulting in a short drive to numerous popular St. Louis destinations and employers.
Wrapped around beautiful Shaw Park and bordered by Washington University and Forest Park on the east, Ladue on the west, University City to the north and Brentwood to the south it is one of the most desirable and livable areas in St. Louis. Clayton is where you will find chic three story townhomes, historic mansions and trendy cottages along with upscale apartments and condos.
Clayton has been considered the second central business district since 1876 when the City of St. Louis split from St. Louis County. The St. Louis County court, which was located in the city district, was left without a home. The land to start the city was donated by a prosperous farmer and Clayton began to grow. It experienced a business boom in the 1940s. In an effort to allow more retail and commercial business expansion, the city rezoned part of the area into the Central Business District.
Residents of Clayton are served by the School District of Clayton consistently ranked as the number one or two best school district in the State.
The annual St. Louis Art Fair attracts nearly 150,000 people to the streets of Clayton every September. Drawing a wide variety of national artists, street performers and musicians, the Art Fair has been ranked “One of the Top-10 Art Fairs and Festivals to Visit” by Washington’s Art Fair Sourcebook publication.
One of the oldest and largest parks in all of St. Louis, Clayton’s Shaw Park is 47.47 acres of beautiful landscape, located deep in the heart of the business district. Beyond just a gorgeous array of tall, majestic trees and lush grassy areas for picnic or play, Shaw Park is also home to the Shaw Park Tennis Center, Shaw Park Ice Rink and the Shaw Park Aquatic Center. Residents enjoy the award winning Center of Clayton athletic and recreation building.
The main campus of Washington University rests in suburban Clayton and covers nearly 169 acres of university ground. Washington University is also famous for hosting more presidential debates than any other institution, with the most recent being the second presidential debate between Donald J. Trump and Hilary Clinton in 2016.