Chace Crawford, Penn Badgley

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Chace Crawford is getting ready to pack his bags and leave New York.

He's had a nice run in the Big Apple, but the Gossip Girl hottie is ready to move on...

Crawford, 26, says he's planning on relocating to Los Angeles when the upcoming sixth—and probably final—season of Gossip Girl wraps at the end of the year.

"It's going to be sad to leave New York," Crawford told me the other day when I caught up with him at Culina restaurant at the Four Seasons in Beverly Hills. "You can't get any better than being in your early 20s and living in New York City and sort of having the keys to it."

We imagine snagging more movie roles will make it all worth it. Crawford will soon be seen in What to Expect When You're Expecting (out May 18) playing a food truck chef who gets a fellow chef (Anna Kendrick) pregnant during a one-night stand.

Babies have been on Crawford's mind more than usual these days—he became an uncle on April 9 when sister Candice gave birth to her and her football star hubby Tony Romo's first kid, Hawkins.

"I love being an uncle," Crawford said. "My uncle-dom has just started. They won't let me feed him candy just yet, but I also found out real quick there's rules to having a human being and being responsible. Without sounding cliché, it is life-changing."

Even better, his parents are first-time grandparents. "It took all the pressure off of me," Crawford laughed. "My phone isn't ringing anymore."

Doesn't sound like he'll be having a kid of his own anytime soon anyway.

"The trick is finding the right girl," Crawford said. "That's the hard part."

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