quaint towns to live in new jersey

Asked by Joanne Negri, Monroe, NJ Mon Sep 3, 2012

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Deborah Madey, Agent, Brick, NJ
Mon Sep 3, 2012
That is a bit challenging to answer since one's perception of quaint is subjective. There are over 500 municipalities in NJ, and over half of these have populations fewer than 10,000. Does small make quaint? Not necessarily.

Summit and Westfield both have vibrant towns, but these towns have populations in the 20,000-30,000 range.

Red Bank won the award from a major publisher as the 'hippest' town in NJ, and many still hold onto that title with a strong belief.

Residents who are drawn to Rumson, Fair Haven, Little Silver, Oceanport, Monmouth Beach, Sea Bright, Highlands, Atlantic Highlands, and other nearby towns speak emphatically about the character and heart of each town. Is a walkable town important? Sea Bright sidewalks are crowded on a summer evening, but it might not score high on a walkscore since transportation and commerce are limited. it sure has a great shore town feel and this weekend, every outdoor cafe was packed. Little Silver, Monmouth Beach, Fair Haven and Rumson have very small town centers - if you blink, you will miss them. Yet, a spirit rings strong throughout each of these towns. Those who value proximity to beach may favor Monmouth Beach. Those who favor proximity to town center, commerce and train stations may favor Red Bank. All of the towns in this paragraph....and more......may be quaint to some, but...other than Red Bank, may not have enough mass to deliver up what Summit or Westfield might.

Quaint is in the eyes of the beholder.

Consider what lifestyle you see and make your list based. Do you want to be close to a ferry, train, bus, parkway, ocean? Do you want to live in a town that has a strong downtown? Or would you like to live in an adjacent or nearby town that will provide you access? Do you want to get to the Parkway or Turnpike quickly? Do you want to park a car and not drive all weekend because everything is within your reach?

One thing for sure.......with 566 municipalities, Jersey can serve up just about anything you place on your list of wants!

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Rafi Footerm…, Agent, Edison, NJ
Mon Sep 24, 2012
I may be partial, but I like Highland Park and Metuchen. Both small towns with a main street running through them. Highland Park also has a large park with a pond and boat launch onto the Raritan River.

Feel free to contact me for more information. I don't make money for referrals, just my inspections.

Rafi Footerman
Mid Jersey Inspections
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Thomas Lauri…, Agent, Hoboken, NJ
Wed Sep 19, 2012
There are many quaint towns in New Jersey, a lot will depend whether or not you would need to commute to NYC.. and how far you are willing to commute from.
But my favorite towns, that my clients seem to be attractive to are towns like:

Alpine, Englewood City, Englewood Cliffs, Franklin Lakes, Montvale , Old Tappan, Ramsey, Ridgewood Village, Saddle River, Tenafly, Upper Saddle River, Wyckoff, Essex Fells , Glen Ridge , Maplewood, Millburn, Montclair, Chatham, Florham Park, Harding , Kinnelon , Madison, Mendham, Mendham, Morris Twp., Morristown Town, Mountain Lakes, Bedminster, Bernards Twp., Bernardsville, Far Hills, Peapack, Gladstone , Warren , Watchung, Berkeley Heights, Cranford, New Providence , Summit City, Westfield Town.

Thomas Laurita
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Jeanne Feeni…, Agent, Basking Ridge, NJ
Mon Sep 17, 2012
As other posters have stated, much will depend on your budget. If you can afford it and the geography works for you, then Chatham Boro is great, Madison is also - bigger downtown and universities and with that cultural outlets in town. You are right on on the train line so you have access to NYC as well. Moving out from there, the pricing will improve. New Providence, Berkeley Heights. ..agree with Mendham Boro and Chester as well. Another would be Watchung - a lake frames its town center.

As you can see NJ has many great choices.
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Kristen deBl…, Agent, Hillsborough, NJ
Tue Sep 4, 2012
As far as Somerset county goes, Somerville is a quaint but interesting place - many things are walkable, close neighbors, interesting, one of a kind restaurants and shops. If you're looking for more quiet and privacy, Branchburg is a little piece of country life not too far from more urban settings.
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Pamela Burns, Agent, Edgewater, NJ
Tue Sep 4, 2012
New Jersey is filled with quaint towns from Hoboken to Edgewater, to Montclair to Rumson. Where you work and how long you want to commute will make the town you choose more or less quaint if it is convenient to your lifestyle and you have time to enjoy it.
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Diane Glander, Agent, Spring Lake, NJ
Tue Sep 4, 2012
Check out Spring Lake and Manasquan at the shore. Both have wonderful sense of community, fabulous shopping districts, wonderful beaches, and great schools. Prices vary dramatically, so where you wind up would depend on your budget.
You can search for information on these towns as well as others in Monmouth and Ocean county at my website below where you can also search the MLS to look at what your dollars will buy
Web Reference:  http://www.dianeglander.com
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Debra (Debbi…, Agent, Livingston, NJ
Mon Sep 3, 2012
Your price range will help eliminate......... or include .........various towns!

Millburn, Summit, Chatham, Madison, Montclair, Mendham, Chester......out in the "country, or "down" the shore............and the list goes on..........

So........what part of the state did you have in mind?
We may be a small state, size-wise, but there are a lot of different flavors and options depending on where you might want to be.

Any specific commuting needs?
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