Now I've heard of all the horror stories before I moved in Landing. I moved here since Fall 2009. Really, it all depends on who you're rooming with, what your room/apartment looks like when you first move in, and your perspective.
Now, I moved in, and my apartment was pretty messy, but that was due to the fact of people moving in and out. As of now, I only have one roommate who cooks but rarely cleans up after himself, so the kitchen's always a mess. But it could be worse. I get along with all my roommates in the sense that we just stay in our own rooms and hardly talk to each other.
Speaking of roommates, if you want to insure that you don't get paired up with people you might not get along with, I suggest you try finding people to move in with that you know/trust. PegLanding makes you fill out a short roommate selection survey, but it's rather vague, as it needs to be. The survey mostly has questions on how quiet you are, how clean are you, do you study a lot, do you drink/smoke, just general questions that would have a major impact on how well you could get along with your roommates.
Now I don't know how well PL uses the surveys to assign roommates, but it would be best to just be honest in filling it out, and hopefully they'll pair you up with people you can live with. The worse that can happen is that someone else lies on their survey and for example you say you're clean and the other says they're clean when they're not. Luckily, that didn't happen to me.
I live in a pretty quiet apartment. Haven't had a party thrown in it the whole time I was here. ****, everyone in my apartment (including myself) just stays in their rooms all the time. And sometimes my room is quieter/a better place to study than on campus actually, lol.
As for maintenance, I can't make any judgment because I've never really requested any work orders, but I hear you have to keep them on their toes and remind them a little bit if they haven't gotten to you yet. And I can't make any judgments on how lazy the staff is. I'd like to assume that they at least try to do their job, no matter how little effort they put into it. And I'd like to believe that constantly nagging them wouldn't really get anything done.
Btw, PL is an apartment, so make sure you sign a lease for the time you can afford to live here. They offer 5-month (1 semester, don't know which one), 10-month (Fall and Spring Semesters), and 12-month/year-long leases. So if you're only taking classes Fall/Spring but not in the summer, you'll still have to pay for your apartment if you signed a 12-month lease, unless you sublease to someone else. But finding someone to sublease to, I think, could be a problem.
When it comes to your RA, it depends on what your RA is like. Mine is pretty chill, doesn't really bother me. But really, it's college, you should be getting out to know the people around you. So when they have socials, just think of it as a well to get to know the people your living with, but also as an indirect way for free food, fun, and a small refund for the rent you're paying there. Think about it: where else would they get the funds for socials other than your rent?
I feel pretty safe here, considering the fact that it is a gated community, and there are security posts you have to check-in with in order to get in. Although sometimes I have reason to believe the security might be a bit relaxed at times, but usually they always ask for some form of idea and where you live/who you're visiting if you don't live there already.
As for parking, I can't say. Don't have a car yet.
PL is divided into 3 phases. Each phase has its own exercise room. I can't give a review on those either, because I haven't checked the one in my phase yet. But the phase 2 exercise room is open 24/7.
Beware of electric overages. PL is somewhat cheap with their electric usage caps. $130 for a 4/4, $115 for a 3/3, and $105 for a 2/2. I highly recommend that you do not bring your own mini-fridge to put in your room! I learned that the hard way since everyone I moved in with did the same and you can imagine how high our electric overage was. It was insane. So, try your best to make space for each other with your food in the fridge. Just try to allocate spaces for each other. I didn't bring any major electronics with me except for my laptop, a printer, and a toaster oven. I don't have a TV since, quite frankly, I think the shows on TV nowadays is crap, and really, you don't need a TV in college. Focus on class first, social life is second (or clubs/organizations if that's important to you). To avoid electric overages, always shut off anything you're not using. And if I'm not using my laptop, printer, or toaster oven, I always unplug them, and that helps a little bit.
Now that I'm done stating the obvious. Overall, I like Landing, it's close to campus, shuttles are provided if you don't have a car. It's just college housing, so all the good and bad that come with that idea in mind are present. Yes, it could get loud on weekends with people partying, but really, I only hear a few people that party here on weekends. Usually it's quiet in my area (could be different in other phases though, not sure).
One more thing, if you want the cheapest rate for rent possible at Landing, always try to renew early if you know you're still willing to stay here. If you renew between November-January, you can pay as low as $515 for a 4/4, $545 for a 3/3, and $620 for a 2/2. Renew between January-March: $530 for 4/4, $555 for 3/3, and $630 for 2/2. And after that you'll have to pay the regular rate if you want to renew which are: $545 for 4/4, $565 for 3/3, and $640 for 2/2.
Overall, not bad. This applies to anything in life: It's only bad if you perceive in as bad, and vice-versa. So try your best to look at the best of things, and it might not be as bad as you thought it was.