About Our Shore Vacation Rentals by Owner Team

Shore Summer, which offers quality shore rentals to the online public since 2004, is owned and operated by Chris and Maria Kirk. Shore Summer Rentals is a locally-owned business that offers a wide range of shore rentals where visitors can find a comfortable place to stay affordably. From Cape May, Wildwood Crest, Ocean City, Long Beach Island, Seaside Heights, Point Pleasant, Delaware Beaches and more, their website contains a multitude of properties. Check out their "girl power" talent.  


Customer Relations

Maria handles all operations of the company. She lives and breathes and is readily available, along with Raya, to answer questions and help in a very timely manner. Maria works daily with Femina to provide upgrades to programming and design of She makes sure the website is working effectively 24/7 and that is not an easy task. We will never stop providing what our owners and renters need.

Maria also has a NJ referral real estate license with Century 21 Alliance, working closely with very experienced agents who know the ins and outs of the NJ Shore real estate market. If you are thinking about selling or buying, I will connect you to top of the line agents that I trust wholeheartedly who will take great care of you. Contact me now.

Prior to starting, Maria had ten years of commercial real estate/property management experience with firms located in Center City, Philadelphia.


Marketing Strategist

Chris is a digital marketing expert with over 15 years experience in marketing NJ Shore vacation homes.  Chris also runs his own online advertising agency where he manages Google Adwords, Facebook Ads, Twitter Ads and Pinterest Ads for his clients.  Chris has over 15 years working in business intelligence for billion dollar organizations. Chris possesses a Bachelor's degree in Accounting from Temple University.

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Executive Assistant

Shore Summer also staffs a personal assistant to assist Maria on a daily basis. Raya is a great asset to both Maria and Chris. Raya has been working with Maria and Chris back since 2004 when Chris and Maria owned an ice cream shop on Beach Ave in Cape May, NJ. Raya demonstrates a genuine care for, we are very lucky to have Raya on our team and part of our family.

Raya has a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration and Management. She is fluent in several languages, including English, French, and Bulgarian. Raya offers tremendous skills and keeps us on our toes. Raya and her husband have 2 young sons, Christian and James.

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Social Media Manager

Shelby is our social media manager at! She was raised in the Pacific Northwest but now lives in Raleigh, NC with her husband, Cody, who just obtained his private pilot license and is on his way to becoming a commercial pilot. They also have two adorable dogs. Shelby has a Bachelor of Science in Marketing and over five years of digital marketing experience. While working remotely for us here at Shore Summer Rentals,  Shelby manages all of our social media accounts and assists with email campaigns and digital promotions. We are so happy to have Shelby as part of our Shore Summer Rentals family!

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Senior Software
Development Engineer

Femina is a Senior Software Development Engineer who has developed our brand new, state of the art, with upgrades galore, website application from scratch. She is the reason the website is so user friendly, runs so smoothly and processes so quickly. She implements upgrade after upgrade for us impeccably and efficiently. Femina was recently married and lives in India with her husband. She works for Clarion Technologies but is our designated programmer who strives daily to improve our website with advanced software technology. We are so thrilled to have found Femina almost 2 years ago and thrilled to have her as part of our Shore Summer Rentals family.

If you are looking for a website developer who employs amazing programmers like Femina, contact Clarion Technologies today. They are honest, reliable and talented. Sorry, Femina is ours  but they have plenty of other brilliant programmers for you to choose. Tell them we sent you.

With the strength of 35 plus years of combined experience in marketing, real estate, vacation rentals and property management Chris and Maria have a wealth of knowledge in successfully pairing property owners with renters. Chris and Maria were investment property owners themselves at the New Jersey Shore. Their first-hand knowledge of vacation property rental ownership gives them the unique advantage to see rentals from both sides of the fence. From understanding what "quality" really means to valuing the definition of "good tenants", Chris and Maria offer exceptional rental consulting advice to both renters and property owners alike. 

These invaluable experiences have given both Chris and Maria the necessary tools required for smart marketing and corporate savvy, while Maria possesses unparalleled customer service skills for smooth and detailed daily operations.

Chris and Maria live in the South Jersey area and have two children. Maria was born and raised in Cherry Hill, NJ. Chris was born and raised in the Northeast section of Philadelphia, PA. They moved to the Jersey Shore area in 2005 to be closer to the shore area and to be readily available to address their customer's needs.

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