About Lido

Lido Equities Group, Inc. specializes in the acquisition, development and management of commercial investment properties specializing in multi-family residential. Our primary locations of focus are Southern California, Idaho, Washington State and Costa Rica. Specific areas of development in Washington State include Seattle and Wenatchee. Specific areas of development in Southern California include West Los Angeles, Westwood, Brentwood, Beverly Hills, Palms, Mar Vista and Santa Monica. Specific areas of development in Orange County include Costa Mesa, City of Orange, Tustin and Anaheim. Specific areas of development in Idaho include Sun Valley, Ketchum, Hailey and Teton Valley. Specific areas of development in Costa Rica include Playa Samara and Tamarindo.


Our portfolio of properties involved over 250 million dollars of financing from the following financial institutions.  Our business relationship with these companies is excellent and references will be gladly provided upon request.

  • Venture West Funding
  • California United Bank
  • Zion’s Bank
  • Group 1031
  • US Bank
  • Union Bank of California
  • Luther Burbank Savings
  • Commercial Capital Bank
  • Wells Fargo
  • Chase
  • Exceed Financial
  • Private Equity

The CEO & Company President

Lido Equities Group is the General and Managing partner of over 75 real estate partnerships and seven current resort and condominium developments. Over the last twenty-five plus years we have obtained new financing through several different lending institutions in the amount of approximately $250,000,000 and have a current portfolio of properties and land developments with an estimated value over $500,000,000. We form a separate limited partnership for each property we purchase or develop of which Lido Equities Group is the General and Managing partner. Darrin Klotz and J. Edward Smith formed Lido Equities Group in 1990 for the purpose of acquiring and developing investment real estate and since that time have established an exceptional track record and reputation in the real estate community.

J. Edward Smith, CEO

J. Edward Smith attended the University of Denver where he studied real estate finance/development and has been involved in real estate investments, development and management of income properties for over twenty-seven years.

Darrin Klotz, President

Darrin Klotz is a UCLA graduate and licensed California Real Estate Broker who has been involved in multi-family investments, development and management for over twenty-eight years.