By Janee Law
Park Avenue Tennis Club in Huntington has been sold for $3.2 million.
Michael and Deborah Bustamante, who owned the 100 Partridge Lane facility for 25 years, made the sale in January to Huntington residents Karen and Phil Cadorette, of Peyton Capital Partners LLC.
“When we went in and met them I think they saw us in them and we saw them in us,” Phil said. “We saw similarities, in that they’re getting ready to retire and we’re kind of going to come in and continue to keep the tennis club going.”
The 31,000-square-foot facility sports four indoor tennis courts.
Karen said the timing was right for both parties on the sale.
“The Bustamantes ran a fabulous facility here. It’s in phenomenal shape,” she said. “They did such a great job before us that it’s a good family club, and we want to expand on that.”
Gary Pezza, senior director at NAI Long Island, who represented both parties in the deal, said the Bustamantes decided to sell because they felt it was time to retire.
Since they wanted to see the facility remain as a tennis court, the couple turned down several potential buyers, including those who sought to convert it to lacrosse or soccer fields, or seek a change of zone for commercial use.
With 36 years of experience at nearby Huntington Indoor Tennis on Broadway, Karen said she expects a smooth transition as she and her husband continue operations at 2.5-acre plot.
“They were ready to turn over the reins and we were a fit for them,” Karen said.
The couple plans to make some tweaks to the facility, including renovations to the lobby, lighting system and HVAC system. They hope to begin renovations to the lobby this summer.
The Cadorettes are also no strangers to the Park Avenue facility. They’ve been playing there for some time now, and even met for the first time at the facility back in high school, when Phil attended Huntington and Karen attended Harborfields.
Now as owners of the facility, the Cadorettes plan to expand summer leagues and the junior program, which they intend to offer year round, according to Karen.
“Our goals are to have everybody have a good time playing tennis,” she said. “We just want to bring the sport to more people and get more kids involved.”