ONE80CENTER is located on a two-acre Summitridge lot in a beautiful, historic home at the top of Benedict Canyon. The iconic property in Beverly Park became a part of Los Angeles popular history when Hollywood Legend, Elizabeth Taylor, moved into the house in 1952 with her proud husband, actor Michael Wilding. Upon entering the sprawling house, Taylor announced, “We will have the outside painted yellow, with white shutters, the living room will be in grey with periwinkle blue—my favorite color.” Taylor’s house has become ONE80CENTER’s home and the classic colors remain from the days of Hollywood royalty.
The house has a rich history and in one of the most famous tales connected to the property, Taylor’s bond with actor, Montgomery Clift, is honored . In 1956, Montgomery Clift crashed his car into a tree right after leaving a party at Taylor’s home. Alerted by actor Kevin McCarthy who witnessed the accident, Elizabeth Taylor raced through the brush in the darkness to Clift’s side as her husband called for help. Finding Clift choking on a knocked-out tooth, she removed the tooth from his throat with her hands, inarguably saving Clift’s life. Beyond her stardom, Elizabeth Taylor revealed herself to be a courageous and compassionate friend who could be relied on in a crisis.
Connected to this history, the philosophy of ONE80CENTER is to help those struggling with alcoholism and addiction find sobriety. Once sober, those in recovery can realize their individual path in life as courageous and compassionate human beings. Throughout ONE80CENTER, posters from classic Hollywood films and prints by famous modern artists adorn the walls. Reflecting back to the iconic decade, the external beauty of the house and its furnishings reflect the internal beauty that comes with sustained sobriety.
Like good friends, ONE80CENTER has been fostered to create a supportive and caring community. Our connection to the past moment when Taylor saved Clift’s life is the connection to present or future moment when you might be in crisis and our integrated community has the opportunity to truly help and support you.
In the beautiful hills of Benedict Canyon, ONE80CENTER provides a refuge where you can discover the same energy and enthusiasm that Elizabeth Taylor experienced when she first stepped into her new home. After Elizabeth Taylor, the home continued to attract creative and inspirational residents, such as Hollywood composer, Jerry Herman, who scored Hello Dolly and La Cage Aux Folles. In addition, Summitridge Avenue has kept up with the evolving flavor and talent of Los Angeles as a whole. Recently, houses on Summitridge Avenue have been the homes of vast variety of artistic and successful people from alternative rocker and Academy Award winner, Trent Reznor to Los Angeles Laker basketball great, Kareem Abdul-Jabar.