I just uploaded a new pypi package for "pyjavaproperties" - this is a fork of this recipe with the authors permission. I'm working on a small number of improvements, but my real reason to do this was that - 1: I have to work with properties files. 2: I need it up there so it can be easy_installed and 3: It makes sense as a project!
In any case, here's the pypi page: http://pypi.python.org/pypi/pyjavaproperties/0.1
And the google code page: http://code.google.com/p/pyjavaproperties/
Suggestions welcome. I am going to monkey in support for this in nose-testconfig as soon as I have some spare cycles.