Located along the shores of the Puget Sound, surrounded by Commencement Bay on one side and Tacoma on the other. Ruston is considered one of the most desirable places to live in Washington State and the Pacific Northwest.

Surrounded by water, forests, and mountains, the city boasts beautiful views and endless opportunities for adventure. Perfectly located, Ruston is located to many of the sites and attractions of the South Sound. Ruston is a destination in and of itself, thanks to the parks, entertainment, shopping, restaurants, and activities you can find in Point Ruston.

In 1890 industrialist W.R. Rust established Tacoma Smelting & Refining Company and a company town for his employees, naming the place “Smelter”. In 1906, residents voted to change the name to Ruston, in honor of Mr. Rust. Ruston was officially incorporated on November 10, 1906.

The primary industry for decades in Ruston was the ASARCO copper smelting plant on the waterfront. The smelter and its landmark smokestack, however, were demolished in 1993.

Ruston, WA Real Estate

The Ruston real estate market offers a variety of modern, new construction homes and condos. As well as classic homes built in the early 1900s that are full of charm. Many of the properties are either on the waterfront or have a beautiful view of it.

Living in Ruston


Ruston falls within the Tacoma Public Schools boundaries. The elementary schools that are zoned for Ruston are Point Defiance Elementary and Sherman Elementary School. All of Ruston is zoned to Truman Middle School as well as Silas High School (formerly Woodrow Wilson High School.)

There are also a number of private schools in the area including:

Annie Wright Schools – Preschool to Grade 12

Bellarmine Prep – Grades 9-12

Charles Wright Academy – Preschool to Grade 12

Concordia Christian Academy – Kindergarten to Grade 12

Life Christian Academy – Preschool to Grade 12

Parkland Lutheran – Preschool to Grade 8

St. Charles Borromeo Catholic School – Preschool to Grade 8

St. John XXIII STEM Academy – Preschool to Grade 8


We know that a top priority for many buyers is finding a home that is in an area with high quality healthcare that is nearby. Residents of Ruston, WA have many great, conveniently located facilities to choose from. Located in the heart of Point Ruston there is MultiCare Indigo Urgent Care- Point Ruston. A little bit Southwest of Ruston, in the Proctor District. There is MultiCare West Tacoma Family Medicine. Ruston is also very close to Tacoma General Hospital and Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital.


There are many fun things to see and do in and around Ruston. Point Ruston has everything you could ever want. Shopping, Dining, Entertainment, walking/running/biking paths along the water and a park & splash park for the kids.

Other nearby attractions include the Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, Highlands Golf Course and in the Summer months the Ruston Farmers Market.

Looking for more information on moving to Ruston? Call us, Shane 253.617.5921 & Lori Lewandowski, at 253.617.5922 or send your inquiries via email to LoriLewandowski@gmail.com or shanel@johnlscott.com. Put your home search in the hands of a knowledgeable agents with over 38 years of experience!

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