The Shute Family Welcomes Your Family.
Our family will be here as long as yours will.
Home-buyers considering Hidden Hills sometimes ask how long we plan to stick around, concerned that new owners may not invest the care and commitment that we do into our community. Rest assured, we aren't going anywhere. Hidden Hills, formerly Parc du Bois, has been in the Shute family for generations. The land on Shute Road in LaFayette, where the community now sits, was first settled by the Shute family in about 1860. For four generations, into the 1970s, the Shutes operated a dairy farm here.
In 1979, Walter Shute and his son, Craig M. Shute, decided to take the family business in a new direction. They sold the herd and founded Parc du Bois.
In the early years, they rented used mobile homes and lots to people who brought their current homes in. It wasn't long before they began selling homes.
Soon after Craig's death in 1982, another son, Dale, took his place in the family business. In 1984, Parc du Bois became a dealer for Ritz-Craft Corporation, one of the largest family-owned off-site built modular home manufacturers in the United States.
A few years later, we began selling doublewide and singlewide manufactured homes. Thanks to the impeccable quality of these homes and a high demand of homes for sale in LaFayette, Parc du Bois went through two expansions. During the mid-1990s the community had 85 lots and was on track to outgrow its space yet again. In 1998, a 115-lot expansion was completed.
Having overseen outstanding growth as he built our fine Hidden Hills community, Walt retired at the age of 80 in 1998. Dale's son, Craig L. Shute, recently joined the company as Vice President of Sales in 2009.