Jodie Foster hopes to make contact with a buyer

Emmy-winning actor Dennis Franz has listed his estate in Montecito for sale at $7.65 million.

His New England-style home sits amid 250-year-old oak trees on 1.62 acres of what was once an avocado farm. The 6,000-square-foot home has six bedrooms, and a detached guest cottage contains two more bedrooms. Amenities include a swimming pool, a pool pavilion, an outdoor fireplace and a boccie ball court.

Franz, 68, is known for his long-running role as detective Andy Sipowicz on the series "NYPD Blue" (1993-2005). He was also in the cop drama "Hill Street Blues" (1983-87).

Randy Solakian and Deanna Solakian of Coldwell Banker are the listing agents.

'Real' composer is in residence

Composer-music producer Michael Baiardi and his wife, Heather, have bought a house in Encino for $2.4 million.

The traditional Cape Cod-inspired home was built in the 1950s and recently remodeled. The half-acre of gated grounds include a main house, swimming pool, a spa, two cabanas, a circular driveway and a basketball court. There are six bedrooms, six bathrooms, a den, a gym and more than 5,100 square feet of living space.

Baiardi, 40, has composed music for films and TV shows that include "The Avengers," "Magic Mike," "The Taking of Pelham 123" and "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills."

The couple also have a home in the Benedict Canyon area.

Craig Knizek of the Agency was the listing agent. Brian Joy of California Prudential Beverly Hills represented the buyer.

'E.T' writer phones realty agents

Screenwriter Melissa Mathison has listed her Malibu home for sale at $9.995 million.

The gated villa sits on more than an acre of park-like grounds with coastline and ocean views. The Zen-inspired house features six bedrooms, five bathrooms and 3,940 square feet of living space. The property has 84 feet of ocean bluff frontage and deeded beach access.

Mathison, 63, wrote "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial" (1982) and "Kundun" (1997). She is a former wife of actor Harrison Ford.

The property previously sold in 2003 for $5.8 million, public records show.

Jeffrey Chertow and James Rapf of Pritchett-Rapf & Associates and David Offer of Prudential's Brentwood office are the listing agents.