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One of Jeff Ford's favorite Italian proverbs translates, “When Death finally comes for you, make sure He finds you alive.” Jeff celebrates life by writing poetry and prose and enjoying the kinds of organic cuisine and music that nourish both body and soul. One of his lifelong passions, Jeff must confess, is the joyful pursuit on firm, seaside turf, and the all too frequent whacking of a small white golf ball.
Born in Carmel, Jeff's family history dates back to his grandfather, O.N. Ford, who died before her was born. This interesting character traveled for a while as a sharp-shooter with the Buffallo Bill Cody Wildwest Show and eventually became the Gun Professional for the Old Del Monte Hotel in the 1930s. Jeff's father, Nick Ford Jr., was a fighter pilot in WWII, and the Korean conflict. His mother, Gladyce, who was also a poet, was born and raised in Steinbeck Country. After graduating from Carmel High, Jeff initially pursued a civil engineering degree for two years at West Point in New York. As a Plebe on the Varsity golf team, Jeff had the honor of being the first freshman in the Military Academy’s history to earn the Army “A.”
Realizing that a military career was not his true calling, Jeff returned to California and graduated from San Diego State, going on to earn an elementary teaching credential at Monterey’s Institute of Foreign Studies, now known as M.I.I.S. After a brief time teaching the primary grades, Jeff met the most marvelous woman in the world, Maria Aliotti, and somehow convinced her to marry him. Shortly after, they plunged into Carmel’s Restaurant world and, for 20 years, owned and operated Paolina’s Italian Restaurant, begun in 1955 by Maria’s parents, Tom and Paolina Aliotti.
The lessons Jeff learned about serving people, whether they were his students or restaurant customers, gave him one of the best backgrounds he could have wanted to be an effective realtor, and one who values integrity. After selling their restaurant in 2001, Jeff became a certified residential appraiser, going on to earn the Appraisal Institute’s SRA designation. 14 years of valuing properties throughout Monterey County has firmly established Jeff's ability to pinpoint appropriate pricing for his clients.
And not that Jeff intends on being asked soon; but he can certainly respond to Death that he is very much alive and blessed to be practicing real estate in Carmel.