That being said..............
You might consider N. Caldwell (not sure of your price range, and without it, no one can really make a valid suggestion)....or Cedar Grove, Little Falls, or Verona.........just to mention a few other options.
Making your way into Morris County could include Parsippany and Montville, or..... going east down rt 46, , Wayne.
The only towns really "like" Montclair are other "train " towns, as they have "walkable" town centers with shops, boutiques and restaurants.
Most of them tend to be pricey, so once you share your range, we can be of more help.
Anywhere in Essex county (that's in around 10 -15 min circle from W Caldwell) taxes as you said..."are less than desirable" ;) If you are willing to move to Union or Morris, taxes look better there.
Check out N Caldwell, Millburn and Livingston in Essex - good schools and easy commute to NYC.
Summit, New Providence in Union or Chatham in Morris county. All have an easy commute to NYC, good schools and better tax rate, but are farther from Caldwell. Also, a lot depends on the price range and a size of the house you are looking for.
Best of Luck!
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Easy question very tough to find the answer you are looking for. It also depends on what you are looking for. Morris county may be easy on your commute to NYC I used to do it myself and loved it. However it is not on the same commuter line as West Caldwell. There may be an answer but I don't have all the details. Please give me a call and maybe we can come up with a plan.
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There are several options, but it is largely dependent on what kind of place you're looking for as well.
Would you mind sending me your specifications to firstname.lastname@example.org or calling me at 201-815-0943?
Then I can send you an extensive list so you can choose to your heart's desire :)
Thanks and I look forward to hearing from you Ali!