Area noun – A part or portion having no fixed boundaries. Neighbourhood is a synonym for area (British) in locality topic. In some cases you can use "Neighbourhood" instead the word "Area" as a noun or an adjective, when it comes to topics like region.
Subverted in Terry Pratchett's The Unadulterated Cat, which describes a vegan couple who claimed their cat thrived on a meat-free diet, while the rest of the neighbourhood knew it thrived on the area's entire rodent population.
Bored and unhappy, he sneaks out one day, and in his rush to get away from the bullies in the area, stumbles upon Angie: a beautiful, charismatic woman who lives in a shed out the back of one of the other houses in Seymour's guardian's neighbourhood.