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Clayton is a small residential community located in central Contra Costa County. No significant roadways pass through Clayton, which helps maintain the rural ambiance of the community. However, the amenities of larger East Bay cities are nearby, making Clayton a favorite with telecommuters who work from home and periodically travel to their San Francisco offices. Concord and Walnut Creek are both less than ten miles away; each with a BART station for commuters and a full range of shopping and business services.

Clayton is a wonderful place to raise a family; in fact, Clayton was listed by Money Magazine’s as one of the best small towns in America,  The schools are good, the surrounding countryside is beautiful, and the lifestyle is comfortable.  Hiking and biking trails wind through the city and continue into the surrounding hills.  Community activities, including sports teams, 4-H, and scouting for the kids, and family-oriented festivals and celebrations, provide fun and recreation throughout the year.

The historic downtown center of Clayton has retained its old-time character with charming shops and restaurants, while nearby Clayton Station Shopping Center provides Clayton residents with the modern necessities of life, including a supermarket and drugstore.  Hundreds of acres of open spaces in the surrounding hillsides and Clayton’s proximity to the Delta assures residents of ample opportunity to hike and bike, ride horses, or water-ski and fish without the need to travel more than ten or fifteen miles from home.

Real estate in Clayton, is a collection of beautiful homes in traditional suburban neighborhoods, such as Dana Hills and Oakhurst Country Club, as well as some country horse-properties and ranches on the outskirts of town.  Architecture is varied and includes Spanish haciendas, traditional ranch-style, Mediterranean, and contemporary homes at price points ranging from moderate to expensive.

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