Nestled in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains’ Flatiron Range, the lively city of Boulder, Colorado, has a population of about 107,000, 10.6% of whom are aged 65 and older. With its annual average of 245 sunny days, winter daytime temperatures in the 40s and opportunities for golfing, Nordic skiing and senior-centric hiking, Boulder is a prime retirement destination for active outdoor enthusiasts. Boulder’s historic downtown district is centered around pedestrian-friendly Pearl Street, which features numerous shops, galleries, and museums to explore as well as craft breweries and dining establishments to savor. The city’s events calendar offers a four-season lineup of concerts, festivals, live entertainment, and culinary experiences.
Living in Boulder can garner seniors savings on essentials, such as health care, utilities, and transportation as well as sizable state-tax exemptions on retirement income. The city offers a wide range of senior living options, and assisted living costs an average of $4,750 per month. To help retirees choose the ideal community, we’ve compiled a list of Boulder’s 10 best assisted living offerings.
Sunrise of Boulder
3955 28th St.
Boulder, CO 80301
Situated in a quiet residential neighborhood across from Elks Park and bounded by the Wonderland Creek bikeway, Sunrise of Boulder makes a superb home address for nature-loving seniors. This thoughtfully designed community offers tasteful studio and one-bedroom apartments featuring private baths and kitchenettes. Seniors can take part in engaging on-site activities, including daily fitness and creative classes, common-interest clubs and planned social events or join group shopping trips and excursions to area attractions and restaurants. A dedicated staff is available 24/7, and delectable, home-cooked meals are served restaurant-style in the elegant dining room.
The Meadows Assisted Living at Frasier
350 Ponca Place,
Boulder, CO 80303
We’ve included the Meadows at Frasier on our list of Boulder’s best because of its exceptional support staff, upscale resident accommodations, unique amenities, and gracious, resort-like surroundings. Residents can join group yoga or meditation sessions overlooking the 20-acre campus’s lush gardens, or visit the state-of-the-art wellness center for acupuncture treatments. The community’s other outstanding amenities include an art gallery, notary service, resident-run brewery, on-site medical care facilities, and scrumptious, chef-prepared farm-to-table fare served daily in multiple dining venues.
Brookdale Boulder Creek
3375 34th St.
Boulder, CO 80301
The welcoming, pet-friendly Brookdale Boulder Creek assisted living community sits comfortably in a residential area just east of the city center. Experienced, caring management and staff provide 24/7 support services, and a wide range of engaging activities are offered to foster personal growth and a sense of community. Seniors can join a mutual-interest club, tend the raised-bed community garden, attend movie nights and happy hours or relax in the fireside living room or outdoor courtyard. Tasty, chef-inspired meals are offered daily in the sunny dining room, and residents can choose between homey studios and spacious, one- and two-bedroom suites.
The Mary Sandoe House
1244 Gillaspie Dr.
Boulder, CO 80305
Seniors seeking a supportive, homelike assisted living setting may appreciate the Mary Sandoe House with its two separate residences, each featuring 12 private rooms with half baths. We’ve included this community on our top-10 list because of its dedicated, long-tenured administrator and staff as well as the breathtaking mountain views seen from the patio and landscaped yard. Residents enjoy cozy, tastefully furnished common areas, life-enriching activities, such as lectures, religious services, music and games, and fun, off-site outings, including shopping, dining and walks in nearby Harlow Platts Park.
The Carillon at Boulder Creek
2525 Taft Dr.
Boulder, Colorado 80302
Situated within walking distance of downtown’s shopping, dining and nightlife, The Carillon at Boulder Creek is the ideal retirement setting for those who prefer an upbeat, contemporary atmosphere. The community’s luxury one- and two-bedroom apartments feature full kitchens with stainless steel appliances, granite countertops and in-unit laundry facilities. Residents enjoy an abundance of upscale amenities, including a fitness center with certified trainers, full-service bar that hosts lively social hours, complimentary transportation and fun-packed monthly activity calendars. The Carillon made our best of Boulder list because it offers a continuum of care that accommodates couples at different lifestyle levels sharing one apartment home.
MorningStar Assisted Living & Memory Care of Boulder
575 Tantra Dr.
Boulder, CO 80305
MorningStar Assisted Living and Memory Care of Boulder’s southside location affords amazing views of the Flatiron foothills from its comfortable, all-season porches and delightful fireside patio. The community’s attentive, 24-hour staff provide concierge support services, so discerning seniors can relax in the luxurious, resort-like environment. Residents can spend private time in their stylish studio, one- or two-bedroom suites, socialize in graciously appointed common areas and savor freshly prepared meals served restaurant-style in one of three lovely dining spaces. The community also offers an array of wellness programs and life-enhancing recreational and social activities.
Sunrise at FlatIrons
400 Summit Blvd.
Broomfield CO 80021
Situated 15 miles southeast of Boulder in friendly Broomfield, Sunrise at FlatIrons offers assisted living in a comfortable, home-like setting with ample enriching activities to nurture the mind, body, and spirit. Residents can spend time in the library or computer lab, be pampered in the salon and spa, enjoy a relaxing massage therapy session, get creative with arts and crafts projects or pursue a favorite hobby by joining a common-interest club. Sunrise at FlatIrons is on our list because of its continuum of care that allows residents age in place in a caring, familiar environment.
The Peaks at Old Laramie Trail
660 Old Laramie Trail
Lafayette, CO 80026
Located in the heart of charming Lafayette, Colorado, just 25 minutes east of Boulder, The Peaks at Old Laramie Trail evokes the ambiance and warmth of an upscale mountain lodge. This one-of-a-kind community offers expansive, exquisitely furnished common areas, spacious outdoor living spaces and thoughtfully planned studio, one- and two-bedroom resident suites with all the comforts of home. The personalized services provided by caring, experienced staff, a wide range of wellness programs, and creative, social and recreational activities give residents at The Peaks the freedom and support to enjoy a fulfilling, independent life.
The Villa at Balfour
1855 Plaza Dr.
Louisville, CO 80027
Situated in Louisville, a short 20-minute drive east from Boulder, The Villa at Balfour offers seniors an engaged and rewarding lifestyle in a tasteful, upscale setting. The community’s dedicated 24-hour staff and outstanding health and wellness services focus on promoting the happiness, well-being, and independence of each resident. In addition to enjoying delectable, chef-prepared cuisine, residents at The Villa can choose from more than 200 stimulating activities each month, such as concerts, culinary demonstrations, art classes, lifelong learning opportunities, fitness classes and planned group excursions. The consistent high praise given to The Villa’s staff earned the community a spot on our Boulder top-10 list.
The Legacy at Lafayette Assisted Living
225 Waneka Pkwy.
Lafayette, Colorado 80026
Homey, colonial-styled Legacy at Lafayette Assisted Living offers affordable senior living just 20 minutes from downtown Boulder. Residents enjoy private studios or one-bedroom suites with kitchenettes, along with community amenities, including a computer room, library, game room, and an enclosed outdoor patio. Seniors can relax and socialize in the cozy communal living room, stroll outside to the garden or gazebo for some fresh air and sunshine or be pampered in the salon or spa. Three tasty, nutritious meals are served daily, and a private dining room is available for special occasions with family and friends.
Is Boulder the Right Choice for You?
Along with a backdrop of marvelous mountain vistas, Boulder offers on-call, door-to-door transportation, health and wellness programs, lifelong learning opportunities and advice and assistance through the city’s Older Adult Services office. Add in stunning sights and scenery and superb art and cultural offerings and it’s easy to see why Boulder is an ideal retirement location.