The answer to your question depends a great deal on your life style and interests. I live in Morris County. We have a wonderful community here with theatres, parks, historical sites, fabulous restaurants and shops, and museums. Morristown, our County Seat, is one of the most walkable towns I know. It's very much as you describe, all the benefits of city life but with the added benefit of being in the suburbs AND less than 30 minutes to New York City by train! As far as Condos and Townhouses, you could have your pick with some of the more upscale units having been converted from gorgeous old mansions into townhouses and condos.
If Morristown is too busy for you, you can try the neighboring communities of Chatham, Madison and Morris Plains, all have very nice Main Street areas that are quite walkable and have their own style and character. Madison hosts Drew University as well as Fairleigh Dickinson University and is the home of the New Jersey Shakespeare theatre, my personal favorite! And all three have lovely shops and restaurants lining their 'Main Street" areas, as well as commuter train stations that are convenient to just about everything.
If Morristown is not to your liking, you may also want to try Summit in Union County or Montclair in Essex County. Both vibrant cities with trains to the city and walkable downtown areas.
New Jersey is a wonderful place to live, in fact I think it's an absolute paradise! You are never more than an hour or two from anything, including the ocean, the mountains, and New York City and only two hours from Philadlephia, four hours from Washington DC and Boston, six hours to Virginia Beach and so on. There is just so much on our East Coast here in the US to enjoy and all of it close by! You're going to love it here!
There are sooo many.
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