Last updated: May 5, 2012 12:06 am

Hot property: Cycling

Five spectacular houses located near areas that offer excellent bike routes

290 Irving Avenue, Providence, Rhode Island, US, $2.495m

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Where Overlooking the Providence River, 45 minutes’ drive from Boston, 100km from Boston’s Logan International Airport.

What A seven-bedroom, five-bathroom Colonial-style house, built in 1928 and recently renovated. There is a formal living room, music room and conservatory, as well as a family room and games room on the lower level.

Why The house is less than a block from the Blackstone River Bikeway, which links to the East Coast Greenway, a cycle route currently being constructed to connect Key West in Florida with Calais, Maine on the US-Canada border.

Who Lila Delman, www.liladelman.com, tel: +1 401 284 4820

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Park House

Park House, Fredley Park, Mickleham, Dorking, Surrey, UK, £2.495m

Where Twenty miles south-west of London, with trains into London taking under one hour.

What A five-bedroom house that was rebuilt and modernised by the current owners. There are four downstairs reception rooms, all of which have open fireplaces. There are two guest suites on the top floor and the master bedroom has a separate dressing room and en suite bathroom. The garden features mature yew, laurel and oak trees, and backs on to an ancient woodland owned by the National Trust.

Why Nearby Box Hill is the site for the 2012 Olympics cycle road races on July 28-29. Cyclists begin in the Mall in London before heading south-west to complete several circuits around Box Hill.

Who Knight Frank, www.knightfrank.com, tel: +44 (0)1932 591600

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Villa Ohana

Villa Ohana, Tobago, Caribbean, $5.25m

Where On the south-east corner of Tobago, overlooking the Atlantic, in the secluded Bacolet Bay and near ANR Robinson International Airport.

What Designed by Caribbean architect John Otway, a 7,000 sq ft house with a cliff top location and access to the beach. There are four en suite bedrooms and entertaining space of 2,000 sq ft, with two infinity pools and a spa in the tropical garden.

Why Described in the US magazine Mountain Biking as “a mountain biker’s island paradise”, Tobago is 26 miles long and six miles wide with a lot of hills. The highest point is Pigeon Peak, which is 1,804ft above sea level. The island has two mountain bike tour services, and there are off-road routes to suit experienced cyclists and beginners.

Who Standen and May, www.standenandmay.com, tel +44 (0)20 7993 2995

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Bastide

Bastide, Menerbes, Luberon, Provence, France, €2.5m

Where South of France, around 11km from the nearest town Gordes, 40km from Avignon and 80km from Marseille International Airport.

What The main bastide manor house has six bedrooms and three reception rooms with fireplaces. There is a pool house, vaulted cellar, outbuildings and a separate three-bedroom guest house – all set within 1.9 hectares of land. The property has spectacular views over Mont Ventoux, which is 60km away.

Why Mont Ventoux is a celebrated part of the Tour de France route because of its gruelling, steep incline. In next year’s 100th anniversary race it is rumoured that there will be a special intermediate time trial just for the mountain.

Who Knight Frank, www.knightfrank.com, tel: +44 (0)20 7629 8171

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Moltrasio

Moltrasio, Lake Como, Lombardy, Italy, €1.65m

Where North of the town of Como, near Villa d’Este, on the western shore of the lake, around 40km from Milan International Airport.

What A three-bedroom, two-bathroom apartment, with a large terrace in a converted historical villa. There is around 160 sq m of living space, while outside there are communal gardens and a large lakeside pool shared with four other owners. The apartment comes with a private mooring, lock-up garage and cellar.

Why Few zones in the north of Italy offer such varied cycling as the Alto Lario area with hills, valleys, mountains, woods and “Pian di spagna” nature reserve. Lake Como even has a shrine dedicated to the patroness of cycling – the Madonna del Ghisallo.

Who Savills, www.savills.com/international, tel: +44 (0)20 7016 3740

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