If McMansions and development housing are not your thing, then Metuchen is a PERFECT place for you.
Check out this page: http://www.bestplaces.net/zip-code/new_jersey/metuchen/08840
Scroll down a bit, then next to "Overview" click any of the highlighted tabs to get more specific information
Older homes with charm and craftsmanship you don't see in newer homes (but don't assume that they are not upgraded with AC, upgraded kitchens/baths and other amenities).
Homes in every price range and size.
Walkable downtown with lovely shops/restaurants some with outdoor seating. (and it is actually Main St).
Most homes walkable to the NYC train direct to Princeton (about a 22 minute train ride to Princeton Station or a 45 minute drive to Pennington).
Close to Route 287, Route 1, GSP, and Turnpike
Small population (about 16,000).
Small schools (only 1 elementary, middle and high school) well ranked in the NJ School report card.
Full service YMCA in town
In town is a local theater showing movies or live shows with local acting. There is a farmers market on the weekend. During the year there is an antique car parade, Metuchen Fair, and other community activities. Close to Roosevelt Park and their outdoor "Plays in the Park" series every summer, fishing, and an iceskating rink.
I would be happy to discuss your needs in more detail. Just give me a call at 908-675-0167 or email me at PruMaryNJ@aol.com for a no obligation discussion.
If I can be of further help please email me at cherreschwartz@ gmail. or go to my site
cherreschwartz.com that talks about these towns. Good luck