Hans and Judy Brockhoff, former residents of Old Town Tacoma, recently purchased a luxury condominium at The Commencement, just above the waterfront in Ruston, WA. Now, they’re taking advantage of all that The Commencement’s Ruston location has to offer including proximity to area attractions, amenities and character.

“Ruston is such a charming place,” Judy said. “We are continually thankful that we made the decision to move to The Commencement. Ruston has so much to offer in terms of small town character and activities and our condominium is right in the heart of it all. However, when we want the quietude of home, the layout and location of The Commencement above Commencement Bay make you feel as though the rest of the world is miles away.”

The Brockhoffs came to love condominium living while Hans was in the Navy and stationed overseas. Though they most recently lived in a craftsman home in Tacoma, they had been considering revisiting condominium living for more than a year before they put down an offer on their new home at The Commencement.

“We are both very busy with work these days and the upkeep involved in living in a single family home sounded less and less appealing as the years went by,” Hans said. “We both wanted to exchange the responsibilities of mowing the lawn and maintaining our home for more time to spend pursuing what we love. Living at The Commencement means that if we want to travel, we just lock the door and leave. Everything is taken care of for us. The time that we don’t have to spend doing yard work can now be spent exploring our new community. In fact, we just purchased our season passes to the Point Defiance Zoo. It’s a short walk from The Commencement, just like many of the restaurants on the water and the shops in Ruston. It’s also worth mentioning that we are a short drive from Tacoma and only 40 or so minutes from Seattle. We feel like everything is right at our fingertips here, but we can relax and enjoy the pace of Ruston daily.”

The Brockhoffs have nine grandchildren and couldn’t help but notice the 3,000 Easter eggs and the egg hunt that the City of Ruston puts on right outside The Commencement each year.

“What an exceptional way to get a community together,” Judy said. “Who knows, maybe one day our grandkids will take part in that hunt. It seems like everywhere we turn we find more hidden gems in this community and more reasons to be pleased with our new home.  After my initial visit, I went home and told Hans that he ‘had’ to see this place. He returned with me that afternoon and we made an offer later that day. “

“It felt right then, but the longer I live here the more I know that we’ve found a very special place,” Judy said. “I can’t wait to create more memories here and become more ingrained in this community.”

Hans agreed.

“While initially I was impressed with the quality of construction, views and layout of The Commencement, I’ve come to find that it has far more to offer than just that,” Hans said. “We looked at a few other condominium developments in the area, but I’m so pleased that this is where we chose to live. The Commencement and Ruston have everything we’d hoped for and more.”

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.