This is the second in our series of three St. Louis County Suburbs that were ranked by the website Niche, in their Top 10 Places to Live in the United States. More than 15,000 cities were surveyed and Clayton ranked No. 7.

Today we will look at this vibrant suburb in the central corridor known for its outstanding school system and as the county seat for St. Louis County. It is the most populous of the three neighborhoods that were ranked.

(Richmond Heights, ranked No. 4 on the Niche list and Brentwood ranked No. 8.)


Population: 16,034
Median Home Value: $577,300 (National average is median is $184,700)
Median Household Income: $88,250

Clayton, the county seat of St. Louis County, is located west of Forest Park and north of Highway 64. Upscale condominiums and contemporary office buildings frame the central business district, which is home to many Fortune 500 companies. Washington University, Fontbonne College, and Concordia Seminary are also in Clayton.  A wealth of shopping opportunities exist at galleries, specialty boutiques, wine shops, jewelers, and antique stores and the city is home to many notable restaurants. For business travelers and vacationers, Clayton offers outstanding accommodations and is only 15 minutes from Lambert-St. Louis International Airport, and just 10 minutes from downtown St. Louis.

Our Picks: Dinner and drinks at Bar Les Freres (7637 Wydown) or Sardella (7734 Forsyth). Brunch or lunch at Half & Half (8135 Maryland Plaza). And we love that Clayton is the home to so much public art and is home to The St. Louis Artists Guild.


Some of the St. Louis area’s finest single-family homes, apartments, and condominiums can be found in Clayton. A wide variety of home styles are offered, ranging from Tudor to large-lot estates. Major neighborhoods within the city include: Claverach Park, Clayshire, Davis Place, Hillcrest, Moorlands, Old Town Clayton Subdivision, and Wydown Forest. Here are a few noteworthy listings.

31 Ridgemoor Drive

If newer construction is your dream, then this-year-old home loaded with luxuries is for you. With five bedrooms and five bathrooms, it has room for everyone. The home boasts incredible millwork, a stunning staircase, impeccable design, and finishes which suit those with traditional or more modern taste. Finished lower level, plus an elevator that serves all floors. Listed at $2,250,000.

7732 West Biltmore

This traditional 4 bedroom, 3 bathroom home has a gourmet kitchen, gleaming wood floors, period moldings throughout and a 2-car detached garage. Move-in ready and a short walk to Shaw Park/Pool. Listed at $659,000.

7532 York Drive, Unit 1D

Exceptional Moorlands Condo has 3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms and offers two levels of living space. Highlights include inlaid hardwoods, built-in bookcases, updated huge master suite and custom kitchen with garden window, granite, breakfast bar, wine cabinet, and beautiful cabinetry with pantry. Private entrance to the attached garage with assigned parking. Listed at $349,000.

801 South Skinker, Unit 3A

The location of this stylish one bedroom unit is hard to beat. Directly across from Forest Park with floor to ceiling windows, this premier St. Louis building offers a rooftop terrace with views second to none, 24 hour doorman, fitness room, party room, board room, two guest suites, and heated garage. It is totally neutral with white updated kitchen and bath. Listed at $150,000.
If a central location is important to you, Clayton should be a consideration. We can help you find your ideal home in this neighborhood that is a cultural and business hub. Contact us today to learn more.