Here is a good link to several neighborhoods. Check it out and let me know if you have any more questions.
REALM Real Estate Professionals
A 40 minute commute would likely be no more than 10-13 miles. You can look due south in Pasadena or a bit farther to Clear Lake. Possibly a bit west in areas like Pearland and Friendswood. There are plenty of homes in that price range and the schools are very good as well. We can provide you information so you can research the schools to determine which one you feel is best.
We assist relocating buyers all the time and provide a ton of information, relocation packets (we can mail those to you), give you and your family a tour of the area and a lot more. I have 21 years of experience assisting buyers. Let me know if I can help. Will need more information at some point.
Thank you and good luck!
Bernstein Realty, Inc.