Perched above the Ruston Way waterfront promenade, The Commencement is a collection of condominiums located near services, restaurants and a multiscreen cinema.

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RUSTON — Views, square footage and finishes — those are three things Cindy Stewart attributes most to The Commencement’s $20 million in sales and sales-related activity.

“Many buyers have been watching our sales success and saying to themselves, ‘We better act now before they’re all sold,’ ” says Stewart, a broker with Windermere Professional Partners.

Perched above the Ruston Way waterfront promenade, The Commencement is located near the growing destination Point Ruston and its services, restaurants and multiscreen cinema.

“This is one of Pierce County’s fastest-selling communities,” Stewart says. “Buyers from King County recognize that they can get so much more value for their dollar at The Commencement with our high-end finishes and large, expansive floor plans. Our buyers that are coming up from Olympia see that we have everything right here: the arts, the waterfront and restaurants. And of course, all of our buyers are drawn to our unparalleled views.”

The views — which include the Cascade Mountains, Mount Rainier and Commencement Bay — stretch as far north as Columbia Tower in Seattle. “Regardless of which level a home is on, it has a view,” Stewart says.

JoAnn Jett, who co-lists the homes at The Commencement with Stewart, says the community has drawn buyers downsizing from single-family homes or looking for a low-maintenance lifestyle without having to sacrifice space.

The Commencement features concrete-and-steel construction. Thirty-three homes remain for sale.
The Commencement features concrete-and-steel construction. Thirty-three homes remain for sale.

“The majority of our homeowners are step-down buyers who are leaving larger homes for the lower-maintenance lifestyle — a place where they can pack up and travel whenever they want to,” she says. “In addition, they can walk down to the theater or nearby restaurants, and Point Defiance Park is only six blocks away.”

The seven floor plans at The Commencement range in size from 1,680 to 2,300 square feet. Of the community’s 62 homes, 33 remain available for sale. Complete and ready for move-in, the homes feature two bedrooms plus a den.

Interiors feature hardwood floors in kitchens, dining areas and hallways. Nine-foot-plus ceiling heights amplify natural light, and floor-to-ceiling windows capture the views. For added ambiance, two-sided gas fireplaces warm both the living rooms and master suites.

Kitchens have slab granite countertops, full-height backsplashes, hardwood cabinetry with soft-close doors, and stainless steel appliances, including refrigerators and five-burner gas cooktops with hoods.

Master baths feature 12-by-12-inch tile floors, rainfall showerheads, separate soaking tubs and wood-wrapped mirrors. In addition, homes include full-size frontloading washers and dryers, as well as built-in closet organizers.

Building amenities include concrete-and-steel construction, a lobby with floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace, outdoor atriums, two elevators, an underground parking garage and private storage for each home.

The Dalco Lounge is available to homeowners and includes an outdoor terrace with grilling area and lounge seating; a game room with flat-screen TV, billiards table and full kitchen; a fitness center with cardio equipment and free weights; and a meeting room.

“Everyone living here is delighted with the building, with their expansive views, the quality and space of the homes, and their proximity to Point Ruston’s lifestyle amenities,” Jett says.

— Teresa Kenney