Thanks for your question! After we lived in Sugar Land and I commuted to DT (my husband to the Hobby Airport area), they expanded 59, built the Tollways and made many other improvements to make Sugar Land more desirable for commuters and their families.
I just sold two homes there and my clients are very pleased with their choice to live in Sugar Land.
As Realtors, we shouldn't discuss our opinions on area schools. Everyone has their own idea on what makes a good school and school district, based on their particular needs and as compared to others in the Greater Houston area. Please check the websites with the statistics for FBISD--grade, middle and HS--and also consider that these can change as can the zoning from a home to a particular school in that district at any time.
I lived in Sugar Land for 9 years and sell there, SW Houston, Katy, NW Houston and also in Cypress. In my mind, these are all nice areas to live, but we'd need to talk about your price point and what you'd like in a home, as well. Those things can also help you decide where you may get the most value for your money as well as the best commute and schools for you.
If you'd like to talk further, I'd be happy to help you! Enjoy this beautiful day!