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Our Story

Golden West’s mission is to give hope to seniors by providing an affordable home in Boulder.

Golden West was founded by the First Christian Church in 1965. Their efforts answered a need for senior housing in the Boulder area. Golden West has led the way for outstanding living options in the Boulder area. Its strength is its people. Staff, service providers, and residents combine to create a vital and rewarding experience. 


Golden West in 1965


Lyndon B. Johnson was President and Dr. Martin Luther King led a massive civil rights march to Selma, Alabama while Boulder residents could still run cattle across open acreage in Boulder County. The First Christian Church opened the doors of the first 11-story tower at Golden West with 154 affordable independent living apartments.

Golden West in 1971


Realizing the need for more affordable senior housing in Boulder, Golden West expanded. Just before adopting the 55-foot height limitation for new buildings, Golden West built the second 14-story tower, adding more affordable independent living apartments. Pictured above is the original view from the second tower.

Golden West in 1989


The Berlin Wall came down and the U.S. launched the Galileo spacecraft. More people took up residence in Boulder, and Golden West responded by expanding its care and opening The Mezzanine, a four-story building with 56 new assisted living apartments specifically designed for those who needed more assistance and support than independent living apartments.

The Mezzanine | Assisted Living Boulder CO


Google begins to move into its new building on 30th Street, and Golden West was awarded a Federal Low-Income Housing Tax Credit by the Colorado Housing and Finance Authority. Because Golden West offers about 40% of all affordable senior apartments in Boulder, and its commitment to the mission, resources from the tax credit will be used to help maintain and renovate its buildings, raise equity, and strengthen the community’s sustainability well into the future.

Though no longer affiliated with the First Christian Church, their original vision of affordable, safe, and supportive care for seniors continues. We are proud to extend their legacy.