If they’re your babies and you mind them troubling you every once in awhile, more power to you, but $6,000 a year doesn’t sound like enough to make them worthwhile.
Of course, I don’t know how much you have invested in them to judge whether you’ve got a decent cap ratio or not. I have been an accidental landlord, and I much prefer having $ in VTSAX. VTSAX will never have a hot water heater leak, ruining the adjacent floor, carpet, and the apartment below.
So I guess I’d go with #2. If there’s a way to cash out later on when you’re not working, in lower tax brackets, and can take a lesser tax hit, that would be mo’ better.