Betty Jones dabbles in real estate, and her portfolio includes a handful of rental properties in San Francisco, New York and Washington, D.C. Some are spacious apartments with lovely views, but the rentals that give her the greatest return on investment are small, dark and have no view — unless you count the parallel white lines that separate them.
They are three parking spaces below a residential building in Washington’s Dupont Circle. As is increasingly the case these days, the building’s spaces are sold “unbundled,” or separate, from the apartment units, which are far greater in number.
Ms. Jones, a trial consultant in Houston, last year paid around $37,000 each for the spaces, which combined, net about $700 a month after property taxes and a garage fee. “It’s a lot less hassle than an apartment,” she said.