About Us

El Dorado Properties is a family owned and operated full service real estate company specializing in value-add commercial and residential real estate. Formed in 1987 by Daniel R. Smith, El Dorado Properties has served hundreds of clients from first time home buyers to commercial developers. Servicing all of San Diego, the Smith family has created a network of qualified contractors, brokers, lenders and accountants that all have contributed to the success of our clients for nearly 40 years. Beginning with a single property in 1987, El Dorado Properties now owns, manages or consults nearly 300,000 SF of commercial and residential property throughout San Diego.

Daniel Smith


Columbus, Ohio born and San Diego raised, Mr. Smith returned home from working on the Tran-Union Alaska Pipeline in 1978. Putting everything on the line, he purchased his first residential property in Allied Gardens with dreams of making it a career. One remodel lead to another as Daniel slowly began to increase his knowledge of the San Diego marketplace. Using the equity of years of residential transactions he was able to purchase his first commercial property in 1987 and at the same time establish a management company to run the asset. El Dorado Properties was born.

Sometimes referred to as “Mr. Grantville”, Daniel has served the Navajo Community of San Diego for over 25 years of service on various planning groups, committees, and projects. Mr. Smith has two children, Danielle and David, both of whom work for the family company as acting brokers and principals. Residing in Allied Gardens, Daniel enjoys traveling, bodysurfing, good food and the great outdoors.

David Smith

Vice President

Graduating from SDSU in 2011 with a Bachelor’s degree in Real Estate and Finance, David is now the principal broker at El Dorado Properties. Joining the company in 2008, David is in charge of all brokerage services, land use consulting and property rehabilitation. With years of hands-on knowledge in the construction field, David understands how to maximize property values with reasonable expense.

As a native San Diegan, David has a love for the ocean and the great outdoors. Having traveled to nearly every continent on earth including 26 countries, he hopes to continue his real estate education by investing in & managing property abroad. David lives in La Mesa with his wife, Jennica.

Danielle Smith

Chief Operating Officer

With over 10 years of experience, Danielle is currently the Chief Operating Officer at El Dorado Properties, responsible for all day-to-day property management operations. She has managed numerous types of commercial and residential properties, has strong administrative skills, and a deep knowledge of contracts and property accounting.

Danielle obtained her Real Estate Agent License in 2012 and continues to update her credentials and knowledge through participation in professional courses and seminars. Native to San Diego and currently residing in the Mission Hills neighborhood, Danielle enjoys traveling, cooking for family and friends, and enjoying all that San Diego has to offer.

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