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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