There are some great communities N/NE of Houston that offer wonderful lakefront, forest, and golf course homes and still have convenient access to George Bush (IAH) International airport via Hwy 59 & Hwy 45. Check out Lake Livingston, Lake Conroe, Conroe, Willis, Montgomery County, 77301, 77302, 77364, 77303.
I'm not a Realtor, but my wife is. If you need additional specifics please feel free to e-mail. Rgds!
I'm not a real estate professional (just a guy!) but I travel 1 or 2 days per week. I live inside the loop in Bellaire and have no problems getting to IAH, and there are a lot of pluses to living close-in.
In searching, I recommend har.com- use the consumer tools to learn more about the neighborhoods.