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I agree with what has been said already - it's not the dwelling that matters. It's the amount of outdoor exercise you're able to give them each day.
We live in an apartment and it works just fine. Our apartment is right around 1200 square feet and is actually bigger than our old house, so Riley has even more room to move around than he did before. (Far less interesting when the zoomies strike. lol.) We have a long entry hall where he loves to play 'hall ball', but honestly, he's pretty mellow when he's indoors. I do believe that when it comes to Goldens, Riley is a little more on the mellow end of the spectrum than others, though.
We take a good, long hike everyday - at least 2 to 3 miles at a good pace. In the evening, he gets another, shorter, walk - probably a mile or so. (I don't let him off-leash because he's dog-reactive and with his hips, I don't want him doing a lot of running, anyway.) As I mentioned, he does play 'hall ball' indoors, and we play tug, 'find the toy/treat' type of games, etc. That seems to be more than enough to keep him happy.
The only concern I would have about a big dog in an apartment would be in relation to the type of building you're in. What floor are you on? Is it a walk-up? What would you do if your dog needed surgery at some point and couldn't do stairs for a certain amount of time? That's something to think about.
Sliding doors with big screens could be a safety issue too, if you're in that style of building, on the ground floor. (Would he crash through the screen the first time he sees a squirrell outside?)
Fortunately, we found a condo-style apartment, ground floor, that has an actual back door - no slider. Otherwise, it would have been something that I'd have needed to think about very carefully before moving in with a big dog.