1617 Central Avenue

1617 Central Avenue is getting a makeover. Photos by Peter Lyons; click for slideshow.

An historic home that languished for years as its owner and the city battled in court is set to get a makeover.

Mila Zelkha’s Mint Condition Homes, an Oakland-based design and development firm that acquires and rehabilitates troubled homes, has purchased the mansion-turned-apartment house at 1617 Central Avenue, and efforts to tidy up the property began this past weekend. Zelkha said she has developed preliminary plans to rehabilitate the site.