Grass stalks, Dyes inlet in the background at Crista Shores

About CRISTA Senior Living

CRISTA Senior Living is home to seniors 55 and older, with two campuses located in the Puget Sound area, customized to suit your lifestyle. Cristwood, our Shoreline campus, is a Christian Life Plan Community, with apartment living options for independent lifestyles, assisted living, and memory care. Crista Shores, our Silverdale campus, offers apartment living options for an independent lifestyle and assisted living on the waterfront setting.

Mike and Vivian Martin

Our History

Senior Living has been part of King’s Garden/CRISTA since its earliest days. In 1948, founder Mike Martin negotiated with the King County Board of Commissioners to lease the former Firlands Tuberculosis Sanatorium grounds for use in his ministry to teens from broken homes. As a condition of the lease, the county required King’s Garden to establish a “rest home” in order to help support the ministry while meeting the county’s need for senior housing.

Senior Ministries was formally established in 1950 when King’s Garden was granted a license for 20 patient beds. One of the existing Firlands buildings became the first home for senior residents in what would grow to become CRISTA Senior Living. By 1956, the number of licensed beds had grown to 98, and Senior Living introduced the concept of levels of care.

The Crest Apartments were completed in 1964, adding 24 living units for independent residents. In 1965, a new convalescent care infirmary was constructed, later renamed Poplar Court. Construction of the Royal Apartments in 1968 added 24 more independent units.

In 1969, Senior Living planned an expansion to accommodate 225 licensed nursing beds and seven distinct levels of health care. By 1974, three new buildings had been constructed, including a new Nursing Care Center. In 1975, the original “rest home” building was renovated into 30 studio apartments and renamed the Ambassador Building.

Cristwood Retirement Homes in Shoreline

Cristwood Park opened in 1984 with 199 independent apartments. Sponsor a Grandparent, a benevolent fund that assists residents who have outlived their resources, was also established in 1984. Over the past thirty-three years, Sponsor a Grandparent has provided over $2.5 million in confidential assistance to qualified residents.

In 1985 a former convalescent unit was renovated into 16 assisted living studios, transforming Senior Living into a Life Planned Community, offering three distinct levels of care: independent living, assisted living, and skilled nursing care. 30 more assisted living units were added in 1991 through the renovation of a former nursing wing. By 1992, Senior Living included 277 independent apartments, 46 assisted living units, and 176 skilled nursing beds. 35 more assisted living apartments were added to the Shoreline campus in 1998 in the new Chestnut Court building.

Crista Shores Independent & Assisted Living in Silverdale

CRISTA’s first off-campus expansion of its ministry to seniors was initiated in 1992 when the Board approved the purchase of an 8.5-acre waterfront site in Silverdale, Washington. The new facility, named Crista Shores, was completed in 1994 and features 98 independent living apartments and 59 assisted living units.

Including both the Silverdale and Shoreline campuses, CRISTA Senior Living now serves nearly 512 residents: roughly 117 assisted living residents and 395 independent residents.

Our Mission & Faith

At CRISTA Senior Living, we firmly believe our duty as a Christian senior living organization transcends the simple provision of a place to live. Every resident at our Silverdale, WA and Shoreline, WA locations deserves a safe, vibrant and attentive environment that they are proud to call home. People often do not realize what an exciting and invigorating chapter senior living can be in a setting such as a CRISTA community, and we are grateful to provide an experience that goes beyond the norm. The combination of our faith-based values and experience in senior living allow us to foster a community setting unlike any other.

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What People Are Saying …

I would like to commend Cristwood Park staff on their efforts to protect themselves and their residents from COVID. It’s been a concern of ours since last March and we have been relieved to see so few cases in the Cristwood Park community. I would like to thank the staff and leadership for their diligence in maintaining good protocols throughout this pandemic.

CWP Family Member

CRISTA has been a warm, friendly atmosphere to be a part of these past two years. It encourages friendships that encourage a pleasant living environment.

Marty Victor, CWP

Exceptional personalized holistic care. Helps keep Mom’s mind active and she flourishes with the nurturing care. Especially of value currently given the COVID restrictions. We are genuinely pleased with our mom's care.

Resident's Daughter, Memory Care

Thinking back on all the great care you and your team have given her at CRISTA, we thank you for all that. I am sure it made a difference in the quality of her life.

I appreciate the personal relationship I have with the staff and the good communication they give me.

I am so stunned by all the amazing people who live at CRISTA. The depth of their stories, their experiences are so powerful. They are fascinating and I learn something new every day! Such a wealth of intellect, experiences, and fun loving people. I love living here.

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