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No need to pack your vacation bags at this Pearland home, now for sale at $999,000, as owners get away from it all in a tropical backyard paradise with beach, swimming pool with fountains and swim-up bar under a thatched-roof palapa.
Designed like a private resort, the entire back yard at 2702 Lauren Rose Lane is landscaped with lush plantings surrounding the natural-style pool. A bridge leads owners and guests to a waterslide, and cave-like formations in the pool open to waterfalls. The swim-up bar, set underneath a palapa, includes a refrigerator, TV and ceiling fan.
Spacious seating areas on the flagstone patio afford owners numerous options to sun, relax and entertain. An outdoor kitchen is easily at hand, and a fire pit is ready to enjoy on cool nights.
Nestled in the gated community of La Paloma on a large corner lot, the house features a circular drive providing parking for guests. Enter into the formal dining room with rotunda ceiling and views of the back yard. Off the foyer is a study with hardwood floors, built-in shelves and custom granite-top desk.
The large gourmet kitchen with island serving as a breakfast bar integrates with the family room, which features a double-sided fireplace. All five bedrooms are downstairs, including the master with seating area and fireplace. The master bath includes a whirlpool tub, glass-framed shower and dual sinks on marble counters.
The game room on the second floor has a mini-fridge and custom queen-sized Murphy bed. In total, the house has four full and one-half baths. The three-car garage is attached.
Square footage: 3,481
Asking price: $999,000