The Ruston/Old Town neighborhood is a community that connects the more urban, downtown area of Tacoma to the waterfront. Neighborhoods filled with vintage homes and a commercial district rest side by side on the waterfront, and Ruston/Old Town is a place where residents go to gather for a sense of community while taking in the beauty of the Puget Sound.
Ruston and Old Town are closely interwoven, but the characteristics that set them apart are worth pointing out. Nestled just above the Puget Sound, Ruston is steeped in history and connected to industry. New urban neighborhood centers are popping up in Ruston, and as far as housing goes, Ruston is home to a variety of architectural styles, home sizes and prices.
Right next door is the aptly named Old Town— it’s where Tacoma’s earliest pioneers first settled down. Small shops and popular restaurants fill relaxed Old Town, and the neighborhood provides easy access to Downtown Tacoma, the waterfront and Proctor District.