In the neighborhood atop Ocean View Boulevard in La Cañada Flintridge, concrete barriers line the curb, breaking only to allow access to residential driveways. Sandbags and other signs of the lingering threat of mudslides from hills made bare by the Station fire are everywhere.
And they're starting wear thin on some property owners and real estate agents.
"The south side of the street looks like a war zone," said Pat Anderson, who is rebuilding after her home was destroyed in the February 2010 mudslides. "Who is going to want to buy a house like that?"
Anderson, who is also president and chief executive of the La Cañada Flintridge Chamber of Commerce, said more than three dozen homes in the neighborhood sustained damage from the February torrents. But the concrete barriers, known as K-rails, and sandbags aren't making recovery any easier.
Wes Seastrom, an agent with Dickson Podley Realtors, agreed that the neighborhood has a black eye.