Ellen Vancko, Salesperson

Office Local: (609) 884-1888 Mobile: (301) 793-7683 Email Me

Favorite Restaurants:

I love the Peter Shields Inn for special occasions, Mythos on Bank Street for fabulous Greek food, and the Red Store at the Point, which makes the best brunches around using innovative, fresh and local ingredients.


• Licensed New Jersey Real Estate Salesperson

• Member National Association of Realtors

• Member Cape May County Association of Realtors

• Bachelor of Arts, George Washington University

• Master of Science, University of Pennsylvania

• Volunteer, Cape May Bird Observatory

• Volunteer, New Jersey Audubon


Ellen enjoyed a long and successful career in government affairs, communications and public policy advocacy in the fields of energy and the environment before deciding to follow her passion for real estate while being able to live and work in this magical place we call Cape May.  She relocated here from the Baltimore-Washington metro area and continues to follow the same work ethic and apply similar analytical and people-focused skills to her real estate career.  

Ellen’s passion for real estate began when she bought her first home in Rockville, Maryland, when she was only 28.  She has been buying, selling and managing residential properties ever since. That experience, along with all the years she spent as an executive in the corporate and nonprofit worlds, has given her the depth and breadth of experience upon which to build a successful real estate career.  Ellen and her family have been coming to Cape May for most of her life, and bought her first summer home here in 2004.  She is fortunate that her mother Gloria lives here too, where she is enjoying her retirement.  In addition to her year-round home, Ellen has invested in rental properties in the area, so she has extensive knowledge of both owning and investing here.

Ellen spends much of her free time walking Cosmo, her German Shepherd, on our beautiful beaches and wildlife preserves while observing our spectacular and ever-changing bird and sea-life. She is an avid birder and works as a volunteer with New Jersey Audubon and the Cape May Bird Observatory. Cape May is one of North America’s major flyways for migrating species, attracting birdwatchers from around the world. In May and June, horseshoe crabs lay their eggs on the Delaware Bay beaches. The eggs are a critical source of food for the endangered Redknots and other migrating shore birds as they make their way to the Arctic to raise their young. The crabs often get stranded on an outgoing tide and saving them so that they can lay eggs another day can be a full-time job in late spring.  Ellen devotes time each day helping to upright the crabs on the beach by her house in Town Bank, NJ, where she also enjoys spectacular sunsets over the Delaware Bay. Give her a call. She would love to show you around.


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