Hi. I am not a real estate agent, but I lived in Houston for 20 years, met and married my husband (a native from Corpus Christi and Rice University grad-3 times over), and raised 3 daughters there. We had to move to Virginia for my husband's work, but trust me when I say, 'Once a Texan, Always a Texan!' Just living in Texas is unique to every other place I have lived and I will always consider it home. After living up here near Washington DC for several years I can tell you without doubt that the people in Texas are nicer, the teachers are better, and it's one of the most beautiful cities, year round, in the world.
The most pleasant surprise you will get, however, is learning how much the housing there costs! I know that the prices in Boston are pretty close to the same here and you will understand when I say we had some very serious sticker shock!! When we told our Realtor here how much our home sold for there, they laughed out loud. And ours sold for the highest amount in the entire neighborhood so far that year. We paid 3 times as much for the same size, and had to buy far enough out to get anywhere close to it without going of $1million. So I'd say you should have lots of good news and a pretty big range of neighborhoods to choose from based on housing in Boston.
Houston is made up of several cities and covers several counties. There is no such thing as having everything 'close by' unless you consider and hour's drive close. BUT, each neighborhood becomes it's own little community within a community so you can have the feel of a much smaller town with all the benefits of one of the biggest in the world. The museums and zoo are world class and it's one the world's leaders in medicine of all kinds. In fact, the museums, zoo, hospitals, and largest parks are all centrally located to each other and the city so you can do a lot of things in one outing if you have the stamina.
The only major drawback is the heat. It is hot in Houston. We always said it has 2 seasons: Summer and that week in February. It is one of the most air conditioned cities in the world for very good reason. So get used to running from car to building or enjoying the heat. On the upside, it also has lush vegetation everywhere all year long. The highways are lined in crepe myrtle in bloom all year round and there is an azealia festival every year in River Oaks which is one of the most expensive neighborhoods in the US located where the museums et al are located.
As for living there, you have a lot of choices but be prepared for no real zoning so communities can have housing and small businesses mingled together. plus the ever praised/accursed Home Owner's Association. I'm not sure about Boston, but they have made their way into the newest areas here and can be a source for good AND evil...ok, at least REALLY annoying. There are several school districts and everyone has their own opinion about which one is best. I can tell you that the Cy Fair district is great and the elementary school (Wilson) and subsequent middle (Watkins) and high school (Cy Springs) my girls attended were all excellent. We just stumbled in to the perfect home when our family out grew our first home there and learned it is one of the top ranked in the USA. All of their teachers knew them and us well, there was plenty of communication both ways, and they all became like family to us. I became handicapped when my girls were7, 6, and 2 and I had to rely on their teachers to keep me posted should any problems come up. They not only did this, they truly cared for them and were always there for us no matter what. Unfortunately we had to move away when my oldest was entering her senior year, next one her junior year and my youngest was in 7th grade. The high school they attended here was great to us, but the middle school and then changed to new high school my youngest attended were lacking in some very fundamental ways. There is nothing worse than having your child's teacher tell you they can't be expected to remember who they are with 'so many students per class'. Houston's population is equal to 2/3 of the entire state of Virginia, yet nobody in Texas ever seemed to have that problem.
Finally, where to live. Cy Fair is one of the largest districts in the country (everything really is bigger there) so you have plenty to look at. The area near Wilson has built up a lot since we left so lots to look at there. Katy schools are also excellent and right next to us at Wilson. However, one of the best locations for beauty, schools, and community activities has to be The Woodlands. It is one of the first planned communities I'd ever heard of and is up in the middle of the Houston Forest. LOTS of trees-something highly prized there because of the shade and cool they provide. All mentioned here are out west or north. There's good living all over once you get used to the drive. I wish you happiness wherever you go.