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Colorado’s capital lives by its nickname: “Mile High City” — with Rocky Mountain views in a large city sitting one mile above sea level. So, whether you are looking for city skylines or natural beauty, independent living in Denver, Colorado, combines the benefits of both into one by offering all-inclusive, resort-like amenities and stimulating activities within eyesight of natural wonders. Seniors have a variety of independent living facilities to choose from in both the city and surrounding suburbs. A Place for Mom has 30 independent living partner communities within 10 miles of the Denver city center. This radius includes the surrounding suburbs of Lakewood, Littleton, and Centennial.

Independent living is for seniors who can live without personal or nursing care. In this guide, you’ll learn more about independent living in Denver, including ways to pay, local regulations, typical services and amenities, and an overview of the city of Denver.

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Recent reviews of Independent Living in Denver, CO
Lakeview Senior Living in Lakewood, CO

What our family likes the most about the Lakeview Senior Living community is the working staff team as well as the overall value for cost. Based on the experience we have had so far, we have already recommended the Lakeview Senior Living community to other families and will continue to do so.

MorningStar Assisted Living & Memory Care of Boulder

From the minute we toured MorningStar Boulder we knew this was the right fit for my dad. My mom was so scared to move him, and the staff here made all the difference. They understand his needs and really make him feel at home. My mom is happy to visit him and see how well he is doing here.

Westhaven Apartment Homes in Lakewood, CO

I have moved in to Westhaven Apartment Homes, and I really like it so far. I like that I can still maintain an independent lifestyle here, but that it is also a very active and social retirement facility. The staff is great, and they have a lot of activities like Bingo, movies, crafts, story time; there’s a gym, too. It’s an older building, but it’s clean, and they do a good job keeping it up. I also like that it is cost efficient, and I would recommend it to others looking to keep up an independent lifestyle.

Denver Housing Auth Bean Twrs

135 Park Ave W, Denver, CO 80205

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Provides: Independent Living

Jewel Assisted Living I

9271 E Jewel Circle, Denver, CO 80231

Provides: Assisted Living, Memory Care

Morningstar Senior Living at Dayton Place

1950 South Dayton Street, Denver, CO 80247

Provides: Assisted Living


930 Downing St # 1, Denver, CO 80218

Provides: Independent Living

The Cottages at Dayton Place

2032 S Dayton St, Denver, CO 80247

Capitol Hill Apartments

701 E 14th Ave # 1, Denver, CO 80203

Provides: Independent Living

Emerson Gardens

940 Emerson St, Denver, CO 80218

Provides: Independent Living

Cathedral Plaza

1575 Pennsylvania St, Denver, CO 80203

Provides: Senior Apartments

Olin Hotel Apartments

1420 Logan St, Denver, CO 80203

Provides: Senior Apartments

Drehmoor Apartments

215 E 19th Ave # 111, Denver, CO 80203

Provides: Senior Apartments

Drehmoor Apartments is a Section 8 senior housing community for seniors aged 55+ that is located in the city of Denver, CO. The neighborhood of the apartment community is mainly made up of low income people. Denver is the largest city in the state and you will find many amenities if you are able...


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Monarch Manor

555 E 11th Ave, Denver, CO 80203-3208

Provides: Assisted Living

Monarch Manor

555 E 11Th Ave,, Denver, CO 80203

Provides: Assisted Living

The Argonaut El Tovar

6000 Freedom Square Dr, Independence, OH 44131

Must be 62.

Provides: Senior Apartments

Argonaut Apartments is an affordable, independent living community for seniors 55 and over. The building, located in historic downtown Denver, was recently renovated. Utilities are paid, access to the building is controlled, and there is laundry on-site. There are retail shops and restaurants...

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Sunset Park Apartments

1865 Glenarm Pl, Denver, CO 80202

Provides: Independent Living

Phoenix Concept

2162 Lawrence St, Denver, CO 80205

Provides: Senior Apartments

Lynwood Senior Apartments

5660 E Atlantic Pl, Denver, CO 80222

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Laradon Hall

5100 Lincoln St, Denver, CO 80216

Provides: Independent Living

Sunset Towers

1925 Larimer St, Denver, CO 80202

Provides: Independent Living

Robert Russell Eastern Star-Masonic Center Of Colorado, Inc

2445 South Quebec Street, Denver, CO 80231

Both my mother who is almost 98 and my sister who has memory problems are both at Eastern Star. We love the caretakers, the food is good, the facility is lovely and they have many activities and events in...

Provides: Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care

Eastern Star Masonic Retirement CampusEastern Star Masonic Retirement Campus is a memory care and assisted living community available in Denver, County of Denver, Colorado. This campus is situated on 19 acres of picturesque landscape in beautiful southeast Denver, conveniently located near city...


The Barth Hotel

1514 17th St, Denver, CO 80202

Westgate Apartments

55 S Lincoln St, Denver, CO 80209

Provides: Independent Living

Courthouse Square

901 W 14th Ave, Denver, CO 80204

Provides: Independent Living

Hirschfeld Towers

333 W Ellsworth Ave, Denver, CO 80223

Provides: Independent Living

Clermont Park

2479 S Clermont Street, Denver, CO 80222

My cousin is in their rehab right now and I think that's going pretty good. That was our first choice because she's been there so much and I think the care is good too.

Provides: Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care

When it comes to quality senior living and trusted care, Christian Living Communities has a proven history of providing services you can count on. At Clermont Park, we continue that tradition with exceptional surroundings and dependable, compassionate care. Clermont Park is a complete community...

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Suites at Claremont Park Care

2480 South Clermont Street, Denver, CO 80222

Provides: Independent Living
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Cost of independent living in Denver, CO

The average cost of senior living in Denver is 3,693 per month. Cheaper nearby regions include Aurora, CO with an average of 3,473 per month.

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Planning ahead can better position you to make good choices for your loved one’s care in the future. But if your aging family member needs care now, there are ways to finance the cost of long-term care through a combination of approaches.

What is independent living?

Independent living offers a stress-free lifestyle for older adults. Independent living communities don’t provide personal care or supervision, but do offer generally healthy adults opportunities for socialization and hassle-free living. Independent living services often include:

  • Nutritious meals and snacks
  • Housekeeping
  • Laundry
  • Home maintenance and repairs
  • Social activities and outings
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Costs of independent living in the Denver area

Within 10 miles of the Denver city center, the cost of living in a partner independent living community is $3,883, according to A Place for Mom’s proprietary data.[01] This figure includes rent and any add-on fees. This cost is also what seniors actually pay per month. Independent living costs can vary depending on the facility’s unit sizes, amenities, services, and location. Depending on the community, there may also be entrance fees or an all-inclusive rate.

A breakdown of independent living costs

Independent living costs include rent and multiple conveniences that allow seniors to live independently without homeowner responsibilities like maintenance, repairs, lawn care, etc. Depending on the community, baseline monthly costs for independent living may include access to the following types of on-site amenities, ranked from most common to most luxe:

  • Fitness centers
  • Business centers
  • Common areas like lounges
  • Courtyards and BBQ areas
  • Indoor or outdoor pools
  • Outdoor walking paths
  • Movie rooms
  • Putting greens
  • Bars
  • Community transportation

Additionally, the cost for an independent living community may vary depending on the types of add-on services a senior chooses, such as:

  • Dining services
  • Housekeeping and laundry services
  • Transportation services
  • On-site parking
  • Cable or Wi-Fi
  • Health care concierge services
  • Salon and spa services

The following figures are average baseline costs for independent living in Denver. This cost does not include add-on fees.

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How people pay for independent living in Denver

Medicare, long-term insurance policies, and Colorado’s Medicaid program — Health First Colorado — do not cover independent living costs because independent living communities are not care facilities. These programs, however, can help cover in-home health care services. If future care is ever needed, seniors may be able to use these resources to help pay for health care at their community of choice.

Most seniors pay for independent living using their private resources. Here, you can find information on private pay options and local public assistance resources for seniors, including housing assistance, VA benefits, Medicare, and Medicaid.

Private pay methods in Denver

Since long-term care insurance does not cover independent living costs, seniors must find other ways to pay rent. Many seniors use savings, Social Security benefits, pensions, and investment returns to pay for independent living costs. Below are other commonly used ways to privately pay for independent living costs:

  • Selling a house: Many seniors sell their family home to pay for independent living.
  • Reverse mortgage: When selling the family home isn’t an option, a reverse mortgage allows the homeowner to borrow money from the home’s equity and use it to pay for senior living.
  • Health savings accounts: While a health savings account can’t be used for independent living rent, it can be used for certain medical services like home health care.
  • Life insurance: Life insurance cannot be used toward home care services or for senior living costs. However, some seniors sell or borrow from a policy to fund their senior living. Each policy is different, so it is important to consult with your policy provider to see what your options are.

Understand Denver laws and regulations for independent living communities

Since independent living communities do not offer personal care or health care services, they are not regulated like traditional assisted living or skilled nursing communities. However, 21 out of 30 of our Denver independent living partners also offer assisted living care on the same campus. So, these communities are regulated like any individual assisted living facility. If you would like to check out the Denver regulations for assisted living communities, see our guide to Denver Assisted Living.

Stand-alone independent living communities

Stand-alone independent living communities do not follow assisted living facility guidelines. They typically follow rental regulations and inspections common to the landlord-tenant laws of the state. Besides local rental guidelines, independent living communities typically have their own restrictions, such as an age requirement. Most independent living facilities require residents to be at least 55 or 62 years old. These requirements can typically be found on the independent living community’s website.

Rental regulations and inspections

As of Jan. 1, 2023, Denver launched its residential rental licensing program, which requires apartment rentals to be licensed. This license must be renewed every four years. Additionally, apartment buildings must undergo and pass an inspection to receive a license. The residential rental property licensing program looks at 10% of the apartments on the property. In these inspections, the third-party inspector may check the following conditions:

  • Hot water temperature
  • Bathtub and shower status
  • Lack of leaks or holes in walls, roofing, or foundation
  • Free of pest infestation
  • Regular trash removal services
  • Sufficient lighting in halls and stairways

Independent living communities also need to follow traditional apartment guidelines. These guidelines have specific regulations for apartment owners and occupants. Under Colorado law, owners of rental properties have to abide by the following guidelines:

  • Maintain cleanliness of public areas in the apartment complex
  • Meet minimum standards for necessities like lighting, ventilation, and heating
  • Perform pest control
  • Have the minimum requirements for home appliances and facilities, such as bathrooms, kitchens, water heating, etc.
  • Cannot disconnect utilities

While landlords have their own regulations to follow, so do tenants. Occupants in every apartment complex must adhere to the following:

  • Sustain a clean apartment
  • Dispose of garbage in a sanitary manner
  • Maintain hygiene of plumbing
  • Keep the unit pest-free

Besides these laws and regulations, Colorado law aims to provide tenants with safe living accommodations thanks to an extensive list of tenant rights. Tenants are protected through the following rights:

  • Landlords cannot raise the rent more than once a year.
  • Landlords must meet building, housing, and health codes.
  • Landlords are not allowed to charge late fees until the payment is over seven days late. These late fees are also capped.

In addition to these rights, the Colorado Antidiscrimination Act prohibits discriminating against occupants based on age, sex, race, sexual orientation, disability status, sources of income, etc. Additionally, the Immigrant Tenant Protection Act prevents landlords from discriminating against or threatening tenants based on their immigration status.

If you believe your tenant rights are not being met, you can dial 3-1-1 to contact the local Department of Public Health and Environment.

Colorado Department of Health contact information

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
4300 Cherry Creek South Drive
Denver, CO 80246
Phone: 303-692-2000

Denver Tenant Rights & Resources

Review the extensive list of apartment tenant rights.

COVID-19 regulations for Denver independent living communities

Denver independent living communities do not have any specific COVID-19 regulations or guidelines to follow and typically function like any rental community.

However, if the community offers additional care types like assisted living, the facility must follow additional COVID-19 guidelines. Because 21 of 30 of our independent living partners in Denver have assisted living on the same campus, we provided those additional assisted living guidelines here.

Learn more about CDC’s COVID-19 guidelines for assisted living communities.

The following COVID-19 regulations are for Colorado senior living communities that also offer assisted living services.

Vaccinations. Vaccinations are recommended for staff and residents. The facility must have vaccinations accessible to residents and staff.

Masking. Masks are encouraged, and supplies must be available throughout the community.

Facility cleanliness. At least one staff member must be in charge of cleaning and disinfecting the community with Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-approved, hospital-grade disinfectant.

Staff safety. The facility should have personal protective equipment (PPE) accessible to staff members.

Social distancing. Social distancing is encouraged.

Quarantining. If a resident or staff member tests positive or suspects COVID-19 infection, facilities are encouraged to follow the CDC’s isolation guidelines. This includes isolating for at least five days from testing positive. Self-isolation can stop after five days if the infected person has been fever-free for 24 hours.

Get to know independent living in Denver


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47% of communities are pet-friendly
98% of our independent living partners offer on-site activities
86% of our independent living partners have round-the-clock staff
86% of our independent living partners offer housekeeping or laundry services
98% of communities in Denver offer dining services


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Gender split: 62% female, 35% male

Types of independent living in Denver

Seniors in Denver can experience nearly year-round sunshine in the bustle of city living or laid-back suburbs with resort-like amenities and activities at our independent living partners’ facilities. Below you’ll learn more about the different types of independent living Denver has to offer.

City vs. suburban living

While there are many independent living communities within the city itself, senior living is booming in nearby suburban areas like Lakewood, Arvada, and Littleton. Seniors aged 65 and older are approximately 12% of Denver’s population. However, many suburbs within the 10-mile radius of downtown Denver see an increase in senior population. Some suburbs, like Arvada, see up to 18% of its population consisting of seniors age 65 and older, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Seniors may gravitate to the surrounding suburbs because of the location, cost, and lack of traffic.

Heading farther out from the Denver city center increases the number of A Place for Mom independent living partners in the area to 54 independent living facilities. These facilities are located in surrounding suburbs like Highlands Ranch, Louisville, Broomfield, Parker, Lone Tree, Castle Pines, Brighton, Boulder, and Thornton. While some of these areas do not see a dramatic increase in senior population, there is a slight increase in cost. The average cost raises to $4,084 when including these suburban areas. Over half of these independent living communities include additional care types like assisted living or memory care.

Active independent living in Denver

Independent living communities in Denver emphasize the importance of active living. Over 85% of our Denver independent living partners offer at least one of the following resort-like features:

  • Fitness centers
  • Game rooms
  • Billiards lounges
  • Outdoor walking paths
  • Pools
  • Movie theaters
  • Arts and crafts center

In addition to all-inclusive amenities, many independent senior living communities also host activities and events for their residents. Some facilities have an on-site activity and event coordinator, while others have resident-run groups. The following are some activities and events common to independent senior living communities:

  • Art, fitness, and educational classes
  • Interest groups and clubs
  • Live music
  • Holiday parties
  • Devotional services
  • Planned outings

Denver independent living facilities also encourage socialization among residents with community-based clubs, such as the following:

  • Book club
  • Bridge club
  • Men’s club
  • Walking club
  • Sewing club
  • Cooking club
  • Gardening club

Additional on-site care services

While stand-alone independent living communities do not specifically offer personal care, many include health care services. Approximately 66% of our independent living partners in Denver offer access to an on-site home care agency, according to A Place for Mom’s proprietary data. This allows seniors to experience exceptional care while enjoying the freedom of independent living. If an in-home care agency is not available on-site, many independent living communities offer additional health care services. In fact, 90% of our independent living partners in Denver offer in-home appointments from visiting medical professionals like dentists, nurses, physical therapists, and podiatrists.

Continuum of care

Only nine out of 30 of our independent living partners in Denver are stand-alone independent living communities. Our other partners in Denver add on another care type, such as adult day care, memory care, or assisted living. Exactly half of our partners are continuing care retirement communities (CCRCs) with care services for independent living, assisted living, and memory care on the same campus. Since care needs are ever-changing, a continuum of care on the same campus helps seniors age in place. If you do not like moving around and expect your needs to change, a CCRC may be a better option for a longer period of time.

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Number of seniors over the age of 65 currently living in Denver, according to the U.S. Census Bureau

Percentage of seniors 65 and older within the Denver population, according to the U.S. Census Bureau


Percentage of seniors 65 and older with retirement account income, per U.S. Census Bureau

Health care for seniors in Denver

Denver offers a variety of health care providers. However, two hospitals receive higher rankings with national recognition and outstanding ratings for geriatric care.

UCHealth University of Colorado Hospital

Among all the health care systems in Denver, UCHealth University of Colorado Hospital ranks No. 1. This hospital has national recognition for five adult specialties and is within the top 10% for geriatric care, according to U.S. News and World Report.[10]

SCL Health St. Joseph Hospital

SCL Health St. Joseph Hospital is highly recommended, ranking second in Denver and third in the state of Colorado. The hospital is also high performing in geriatric care.[10]

Transportation for seniors in Denver

Approximately 98% of A Place for Mom’s independent living partners in Denver include complimentary transportation services for residents. In addition to these services, Denver features multiple transportation options, making the city accessible.

Besides Denver’s buses and taxis, Denver has RTD, a light rail system that covers 113 miles across the city and suburbs. RTD provides a discount and accessibility options for seniors 65 and over. However, if money is an issue, Denver has a free hybrid shuttle bus known as the 16th Street Mall Ride that travels through 16th street in downtown Denver. The free Mall Ride travels from Denver Civic Center Station to Denver Union Station with a stop along each road in between. This provides easy access to the 16th Street Mall, the Colorado Convention Center, restaurants, local tourist attractions, and theatres.

The following ratings, each out of 100, were compiled according to transportation accessibility in Denver, per Walk Score.


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Transit Score


Bike Score

Senior activities in Denver

Denver is a large city surrounded by mountain views and offering a seamless balance between beautiful natural settings and interesting indoor activities. Whether you’re looking for local restaurants, hiking paths, accessible museums, or active living programs specifically for seniors, Denver has something for everyone.

Outdoor areas

From outdoor walking trails to fishing sites, Denver Mountain Parks offer over a dozen outdoor areas where Colorado residents can enjoy the state’s beauty up close. One of the most well-known outdoor areas is the renowned Red Rocks Amphitheater, where Colorado residents and their visiting families can explore hiking trails or experience an outdoor concert. Other parks are also known for various activities:

  • Hiking
  • Historic buildings
  • Grills
  • Bison herd views
  • Skiing
  • Golf
  • Picnic tables
  • Fishing
  • Scenic views


The urban area of Denver houses a wide range of museums, from fine art to miniature toys. Seniors can experience the following museums:

While seniors may enjoy these historical and art museums, they may not be enticing for their visiting grandchildren. Seniors can take their families to these local specialty or interactive museums:


Denver is the home of two professional sports stadiums. In the heart of downtown Denver rests Coors Field, where you can enjoy watching Major League Baseball’s Colorado Rockies. When the home field is unoccupied, Denver sports fans can take a look behind the scenes through stadium tours. Approximately 5 miles away is Empire Field at Mile High, where Denver Broncos fans can be heard cheering for their home National Football League team. When football is in the off-season, this stadium also hosts a variety of events, from dirt bike competitions like Supercross to live concerts.


Denver is home to numerous food and drink options, including various restaurants, wineries, breweries, and distilleries. Many restaurants in Denver are award-winning or staff an award-winning chef. Denver residents can explore their palette with local foods like homemade ice cream, French pastries, Indian Tandoori dishes, and American diner food.

The downtown Denver area offers an array of food scenes, such as a British pub, a café-style French restaurant, and a historic venue with upscale food and live music. Besides year-round access to local food and drinks, Denver celebrates this foodie culture with annual festivals like the Great American Beer Festival and A Taste of Colorado.

Senior activity programs

Besides the various activities around Denver, the city encourages active living for seniors through Denver’s Active Older Adults (AOA) programs. These programs provide a variety of indoor and outdoor hobbies for seniors in Denver. Denver seniors age 60 and older can sign up for a My Denver PRIME membership. This membership offers free access to Denver’s recreation centers, pools, parks, and recreation facilities.

Frequently asked questions

Brookdale Meridian Arvada, Brookdale North Boulder and Brookdale Longmont are the top-rated Independent Living facilities near Denver, CO. These Independent Living facilities received the highest rankings based on verified family reviews. See full list of communities.

The average cost of Independent Living in Denver is 3,693 per month. This cost may vary based on location, amenities, floorplan, level of care and other factors.

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  4. Denver The Mile High City. (2022, Oct. 20). Residential rental inspection checklist.

  5. Revised Municipal Code of the City and County of Denver, Colorado: Housing, Denver Code of Ordinances § 27 (1973 & rev. 2022).

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  7. Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment. (2023, Jan. 12). Assisted living and group homes for persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

  8. United States Census Bureau. (2021). Age and sex (S0101) [Data set]. American Community Survey.

  9. U.S. News and World Report. (2023, January 13). Best hospitals in Denver, CO.

  10. Walk Score. Living in Denver.

  11. Elliott, R. (2022, October 11). Personal communication [Zoom interview].

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