Lee Hoggatt knew about The Commencement since before the luxury condominium development was even under construction.

“I knew the architects and watched as the building was constructed,” Lee says. “The Commencement was built with steel and concrete construction that makes it arguably the most well-built development of its kind in the Tacoma area. In fact, I had a condominium under contract here preconstruction, but the deal dissolved when the building’s former developers fell victim to the recent recession. Life moved on, but I continued to watch what was happening here. When Real Capital Solutions, the current development group purchased The Commencement my wife and I were their third buyers. In this case the second time was a charm.”

Lee is a pilot and his wife an emergency room physician. Condominium life appeals to them because they are each gone often. The ability to lock the door and leave without concerning themselves with maintenance and upkeep suits their busy schedules. They also take comfort in knowing their neighbors and feel safe in the fact that the building is secure and well looked after. The Ruston Police Department is literally a stone’s throw away.

“When we are home and indoors we can be completely unaware of our neighbors and the fact that we live in a condominium. Our home is on the third floor, roughly 90 feet above the waterfront. Needless to say the views of Puget Sound, the Columbia Towers, Mount Rainier and the Olympics are breathtaking. I think The Commencement offers the most peaceful views of any condominium development in the Tacoma-area,” adds Lee. “Equally appealing is the proximity to everything Ruston and Tacoma have to offer without feeling as though it smothers you when you want a quiet night at home.”

The Hoggatts loved their North Tacoma home, but said that as their neighborhood became more and more crowded, parking became scarce, and nightlife increasingly prevalent they began to long for a quieter spot to live that was more conducive to their lifestyles.

“Don’t get me wrong, we loved the restaurants and shops in our old neighborhood, but we have all of that here too. Many of Ruston’s best restaurants are within a five minute walk from The Commencement, not to mention easy access to many of our favorite recreational activities. We can walk out our door and go to the bike path below Promontory Hill and run or ride bikes uninterrupted for miles. Equally convenient is the Yacht Club and Point Defiance State Park. It’s all right here.”

The Hoggatts did extensive remodeling upon purchasing their condominium.

“It’s funny, each of the various tradesmen that we had working on our remodel individually commented to me about the quality of construction here. The general contractor, drywall crew, electricians, you name it, would come up to me and say, ‘this place is really well-built’. It made me feel great that they recognized the caliber of construction that I did so many years ago. My wife and I are very pleased to call The Commencement home. In our case, I think the old saying ‘good things come to those who wait’ applies.”

The Commencement is located at 5204 North Bennett Street in Ruston, Washington. Model units are available for viewing daily from noon to 5 p.m. For more information about The Commencement, call JoAnn Jett or Cindy Stewart at Windermere Professional Partners at 1-253-625-7121 or visit www.thecommencement.com.