Clayton is a wealthy community and bustling business hub, bordering the City of St. Louis and home to Washington University, Fontbonne College and Concordia Seminary in St. Louis. As the county seat of St. Louis County, some consider Clayton a second downtown. Several Fortune 500 companies are headquartered in Clayton, including Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Graybar and Centenne.
Residential neighborhoods are notorious for mature trees and expansive turn of the century mansions, which have been impeccably restored and expanded. Architectural styles are distinctive and varied including Tudor, Mediterranean, classic Greek Revival, Italian Renaissance as well as the formal Georgian Colonial estates.
Wydown Boulevard, a two mile landscaped street through residential neighborhood, is thought by many to be the prettiest street in the area. Bikers, joggers and walkers flock to the street on a daily basis, starting or finishing at Starbucks or the infamous Man on Horse statue by Fernando Bottero. In fact, art and landscaping are central to the Clayton streetscape. The Clayton Arts Commission and Regional Arts Commission work to expand and enhance Clayton's impressive repertoire of outdoor sculpture and great works of art.
In 2010, the American Planning Association named Wydown Boulevard one of the Great Streets in America. Wydown is a picturesques divided boulevard, which on any day, is filled with joggers, walkers, bikers and students. Wydown dates back to the early 1900's, as evidenced by the architecturally prominent homes and historic subdivisions. Where the trolley car used to run in the 1900's, is now a verdant median of lush tree canopy and native flora.
In additon to single family homes, Clayton offers the finest luxury condomiums. The Plaza and Maryland Walk opened in 2002, showcasing multi million dollar penthouses and spectacular views of the downtown and Clayton skyline. The Crescent, the newest luxury condominium development is adjacent to The Ritz Carlton and within walking distance of elegant dining, galleries, wine shops, jewelers, florists and music stores and numerous antique shops. Outdoor cafes line the streets to create a holiday atmosphere every night. Each year, the downtown Clayton area hosts special events including the Taste of Clayton food festival, Parties in the Park, the Saint Louis Art Fair and Gallery Nights in Clayton.
A minute walk from the Central Business District will bring you to the residential neighborhood Old Town Clayton. Among the highest property values in the region, spectacular luxury town houses have replaced the Victorian homes of early 1900s. Directly west is Clayton Gardens, another desirable location where in-fills and tear downs have recycled older housing stock and elevated property values.
The Clayton School District is recognized as one of the top districts in Missouri, with each of the schools consistently ranking in one or more disciplines in Missouri's list of Top Ten Highest Performing Schools. A small district with small class sizes, the hallmark of Clayton is strong academic achievement. There are three elementary schools, one middle school, one high school and the Clayton Family Center for early childhood years. In addition to an excellent public school system, Clayton is home to many of the finest private schools. The Wilson School, St. Michael School and The Forsyth School are top rated independent elementary schools, which serve children from three years through sixth grade in academically oriented, small school environments.
Clayton Chamber of Commerce hosts several events throughout the year. For more informaiton visit www.claytoncommerce.com.
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