Just two condominiums remain for sale at The Commencement, a community of 62 homes that overlook Commencement Bay.

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RUSTON — The Commencement, a community of 62 luxury condominiums that overlook Commencement Bay, has become one of the most sought-after residences in the Tacoma area, with just two homes remaining for sale.

Views from The Commencement include Puget Sound, the Olympics, the Cascades and Mount Rainier. They are complemented by The Commencement’s distinctive architecture, which incorporates warm colors and a twist of modernity.

The building is perched above Point Ruston, the Ruston Way waterfront and Promontory Hill, which is to become a public park.

“From the moment we toured our first unit here, it was apparent that the builders had paid exceptional attention to detail and that the steel-and-concrete construction was top-notch,” says Sandra Hayden, a resident for more than two years. “Everywhere you looked, you were reminded of the quality. In the master bathrooms, there are large low-threshold walk-in showers and deep soaking tubs, the countertops are limestone and granite, and the cabinetry is beautiful with soft-close doors and drawers highlighted with stainless steel hardware.”

The Commencement has fostered a bond among neighbors who enjoy living in the community, along with the benefits of easy Point Ruston access, says Cindy Stewart, the co-listing agent.

“Beyond the list of finishes and amenities, what’s special is how the residents have created a real sense of community here,” she says. “I’m hearing about wine-and-cheese parties twice a month, men’s poker nights and book clubs within the property. There is something here that transcends the typical, ‘hi, howdy’ of ordinary condo living. It’s not something we could ever have planned, it just happened.”

Units 606 and 608 are the last homes for sale at The Commencement. Both are priced at $865,000 and include high ceilings, Puget Sound views, and pre-plumbed gas lines on the patios for grills or patio heaters. The units have about 2,125 square feet of living space and provide outdoor/indoor living options in warmer months.

“It’s been fun to see interest and activity in Ruston grow,” Stewart says. “It’s really drawn a lot of positive attention and The Commencement is right at the heart of it. For many residents, condominium life allows them to focus on what is most important to them; the size of the units offered ensures that they have ample room when family and friends visit. They live much like a single-family home — without the upkeep, of course.”