If you're looking for a reasonably priced townhome (mid $300k range) with lower taxes and maintenance, a good option is Society Hill or Darlington Ridge in Mahwah. I can also provide several other options depending on your exact price range and requirements.... more
You might want to check out Long Hill Township, Chatham, New Providence, Summit, or Maplewood. All are close to the train line and have a nice sense of community.
If you check out municipal websites you can get a pretty good idea of the towns themselves. Also the NJ Department of Education website can provide a wealth of info on schools and school districts.... more