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Ben Stiller selling swanky NYC apartment for $9.6 million

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Ben Stiller and Christine Taylor are selling their NYC apartment. (WireImage)

Making people laugh sure does have its perks, especially if you can parlay your comedy prowess into big bucks the way Ben Stiller has … and then get to live in the lap of luxury.

That's exactly what the "Meet the Parents" actor and his family have been doing in their super swanky Manhattan apartment that recently went on the market for a whopping $9.6 million. According to real estate blog The Real Estalker, which first reported the home was up for sale this week, the apartment was previously owned by Ann Zabar, whose family owns the famous New York gourmet grocery store Zabar's, and wasn't even on the market when Stiller and wife Christine Taylor bought the house back in 2008 and subsequently moved in with their brood of three.

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The duplex touts striking river views. (Prudential Douglas Elliman)

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The kitchen features two dishwashers for the family of five. (Prudential Douglas Elliman)

The five-bedroom, five-and-a-half bathroom apartment is situated in a doorman building on the Upper West Side of Manhattan and features striking views of the Hudson River from most rooms. (Is it us or do some of the pics make it look like a yacht instead of an apartment?) According to the listing details, the two-floor pad also includes a media room, a maid's quarters, a spa bathroom with steam shower and mosaic tiles, and a professional-grade kitchen chock full of top-of-the-line appliances like a Viking oven, a Sub-Zero fridge, and two dishwashers. (Hey, three kids go through a lot of food!)

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The bathroom appears to be the size of many Manhattan studio apartments. (Prudential Douglas Elliman)

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The apartment even includes a media room. (Prudential Douglas Elliman)

The only problem? Stiller and Taylor purchased the home for $10 million four years ago, so even if they get their full asking price, they'll be taking a $400,000 loss on the home before they pay out realtors' commissions, and that's not counting the cost of any renovations or upgrades they may have made to the home after purchasing it.

Well, Ben, we're sure the deal won't sink you financially. Just stay away from "Tower Heist 2" and you'll be fine.

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