Views from the waterfront homes include the Olympic Mountains, Puget Sound, Commencement Bay, Mount Rainier and downtown Seattle.

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RUSTON — They say that timing is everything. For Chrissy Carlson and her husband, Jason Simoncic, a spur-of-the-moment decision to stop into an open house resulted in the purchase of their home at The Commencement, a luxury condominium community in Ruston.

The couple closed on their new home in March.

“We had been looking for a few months,” Carlson says. “We had lived out in Gig Harbor for a long time, and then in Vaughn for the past four years. We weren’t initially considering a condo because we have two dogs. But after looking at a lot of homes, we ended up stopping at The Commencement. We put in an offer two days later.”

She says they were set on a particular unit on the first floor — they wanted easy in-and-out access for their dogs.

“We liked the layout and how spacious it was, and the views were spectacular,” Carlson says. “By the time we purchased, we were a little concerned because we knew how fast units were going. There was definitely a sense of urgency to buy before our unit got picked up.”

Four of the 62 homes at The Commencement remain for sale, after nine homes sold in the past month. “It’s been a whirlwind at The Commencement this year,” says co-listing broker Cindy Stewart.

Carlson says she and her husband wanted to be closer to their families, and they enjoy having the ability to walk to the restaurants and shopping at Point Ruston without being right in the middle of it all.

“I also like that there’s a sense of community, but it’s not intrusive,” she says. “It feels like our own unique home, with neighbors nearby. It’s amazingly quiet; I rarely hear anything from the other units.”

Nine homes have sold in the past month at The Commencement, and four homes remain for sale.
Nine homes have sold in the past month at The Commencement, and four homes remain for sale.

While Simoncic can enjoy the views all day — he works from home — Carlson recently took a job in Seattle that requires her to commute to the city. However, the Sounder train station is just 7 miles away, and her commute to Seattle is an hour.

“I haven’t seen all of the other condo communities in the area, but everyone that I know that has says that The Commencement is the place to be,” Carlson says. “There might be other options, but I feel like the other units on the waterfront are more like apartments. The Commencement is nicer and more spacious. My advice to anyone who has been looking at or thinking about buying a unit at The Commencement is to grab one before they’re gone.”

The Commencement has model units that are available for viewing daily from noon to 4 p.m.

“There isn’t anything quite like The Commencement in the greater Tacoma area,” says JoAnn Jett, co-listing agent with Stewart. “Ruston is an exceptional place to live, and this property is arguably the best buy around. Buyers recognize that and are jumping at the opportunity to own here.

“Quality construction, location and ease of living seem to be the three most common reasons that our buyers decide to move to The Commencement.”