Hot Property: Sheryl Crow

Sheryl Crow performs during the Stagecoach Country Music Festival in April at the Empire Polo Fields in Indio. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

Steven Levine and Jennifer Levine of Hilton & Hyland are the listing agents.

His Malibu beach home is a hit

Someone must have written the offer that made Barry Manilow sing. The crooner-pianist-producer has sold his beachfront compound in Malibu for $5.45 million.

Built in 1976, the gated contemporary sits on a promontory with a detached guesthouse. Features include a step-down two-story living room with walls of glass to take in the ocean view, vaulted ceilings, five bedrooms, 41/2 bathrooms and 3,546 square feet of living space.

Manilow, 69, is a prolific song and ad jingle writer. He won a pop vocal Grammy in 1978 for "Copacabana (At the Copa)." Among his hit recordings were "Mandy," "Could It Be Magic" and "I Write the Songs."

He paid $3.85 million for the property a decade ago, public records show.

Kate Novotny of Prudential Malibu Realty was the listing agent. Judy Van Schoyck of the same firm represented the buyer.

Top of the line in Holmby Hills

The W. Howard Lester estate is up for sale in the Holmby Hills area at $29.95 million.

The gated Tuscan-style home is set at the end of an olive-tree-lined driveway. Features include a walnut coffered ceiling in the library, a gold-leaf barrel-vaulted ceiling in the home theater and a brick ceiling in the well-appointed kitchen. The former chairman and chief executive of Williams-Sonoma Inc., who died in 2010 at 75, was known for his love of cooking.

There are seven bedrooms, 13 bathrooms, a wine cellar, a billiards room and a gym in the 18,000 square feet of living space. A bridge from the main house leads to a guesthouse and spa. The 1.35 acres of grounds contain an oval-shaped swimming pool with a cabana, fountains, a waterfall and a pond.

The property last changed hands in 2004 for $17.5 million, public records show.

Mauricio Umansky of the Agency in Beverly Hills is the listing agent.

Plotting a double breakout

Actor Wentworth Miller has sold a condo in Hancock Park and now is trying to make a break from his Altadena house, listing it at $1.59 million.

The Mission Revival-style home, built in 1910, is set on more than three-quarters of an acre. The master suite takes up the entire second floor of the 4,558-square-foot house, which has a total of three bedrooms and four bathrooms.

The "Prison Break" actor paid $2.9 million for the property in 2008, public records show.

The Hancock Park condo he sold for $1.275 million was in a French Normandy-style building constructed in 1926. The remodeled unit includes three bedrooms, two bathrooms and a fireplace in 1,638 square feet. He bought the condo in 2007 for $1.15 million.

Miller, 40, starred in "Prison Break" from 2005-09 and in the 2010 film "Resident Evil: Afterlife." He will star next year in the thriller "The Loft." He wrote the screenplay for "Stoker," also due out next year.

Linda Seyffert of Podley Properties is the listing agent for the Altadena house. Scott Cort of the John Aaroe Group was the listing agent on the condo. Jill Jenks Galloway of Hilton & Hyland represented the buyer.